I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date. No time to say hello, goodbye – I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!
Nobody likes tardiness. It messes up the plan.
The overriding reason that you’ve already spent time constructing and adhering to a plan is to prepare yourself for the task in hand through enforcing deadlines. Thus, minimising the effect of negative consequences and unwanted stresses on your mental disposition.
So what seems to be your current emotional state? Anxious? Stressed?
Why? Because you missed a deadline?
There we have it. Being late just throws an unnecessary spanner in the works. Think about it. Romeo tragically killed himself because he was late. Had he shown up at Juliet’s counterfeit death bed a few moments earlier, he would have been made aware of the plan and both will have lived happily ever after, Amen. Of course, this was not the case and the plan was foiled. Undeniably very sad, but as history has taught us – humans like to mess things up.
So before lateness ruins your future, think hard about its consequences.
A project has a start and end date for a reason: lateness is disruptive. But if a deadline is lurking in the shadows and you know you’re not going to make it, document it as soon as possible and immediately communicate with the team. Acknowledging the missed deadline will be the best decision you’ve ever made (and you’ll feel a whole lot better for it, believe us). Soon, you’ll be able to give Clark Kent a run for his money and save the world, one project at a time, by responding to risks at lightning speed.
Still, measuring time is an art, so allow yourself room for manoeuvre. If you have concerns that something needs more time, then give it more time – it really is that simple. Most importantly, be realistic in what can be achieved. We all like to demonstrate how talented and efficient we are but the key to success in life is not trying to run before you can walk. Baby steps.
Sometimes, however, life is just unavoidable, and this is why we consider the all the potential risks before leaping into the unknown. Preparation is a truly wonderful thing, so be aware of every outcome, however improbable the situation may be. Grow eyes in the back of your head. Develop a sixth sense. Hypothetically convolute the most simplest of tasks in your mind and your path will be a very punctual one.
Punctuality will introduce to you a brand new way of living! For business, time is money but for the average Joe, time is sanity. Nevertheless, everybody wants to achieve optimal productivity and tardiness is the vulture waiting to swoop in on the rotting carcass that could be your project. So, keep the time vultures at bay by being the hunter, never the hunted, and your project performance will be incontestable.