Step 09: How To Stay On Time or Ahead of Your Project, heading 1

In the last two chapters, you learned about the distractions you can and cannot control and how to overcome them. It is critical that you overcome any distractions you face, as your work efficiency and quality will be negatively impacted if you don’t. Procrastination can occur when you give into distractions and self-doubt, which can negatively impact your work efficiency and quality, as well as negatively impact your own health and well-being, as we discussed in the first two chapters of this book.

As you recall from the first two chapters of this book, procrastination leads to you working slower and working harder. You also have an idea of why staying on time or ahead of your project is key to you producing your best work. By staying on or ahead of schedule in completing your project, you will be able to utilize the information in this book to enable you to produce your best work quality.

One instance is where you will be able to take the 15-minute breaks that many experts suggest you take every hour. Thus, you should be working for 45 minutes and resting for 15 minutes. However, if you allow distractions to affect your focus, procrastination will set in, which will cause you to do less work in a set amount of time. This will result in you falling behind on your project, which will force you to work faster and harder in order to catch up, likely leading to a decline in work quality, which can negatively impact your credibility, reputation, and profitability. The alternative is taking longer to complete the project than you either planned or announced, which will again negatively impact your credibility, reputation, and profitability.

Therefore, it is vital that you stay on time or even ahead of schedule in your projects to keep you from having to work harder and faster in order to catch up from procrastination and making excuses due to distractions. Note that if you do fall behind and want to stay on the schedule you intended, you are going to have work longer on the same project, which means that you will either not be able to take 15-minute breaks every hour as recommended by most experts or you will have to take away leisure time and work extra hours in order to catch up from procrastination and being slowed by distractions.

Remember, it’s your credibility, reputation, and profitability that is at stake when you miss deadlines for superiors, customers, peers in your field, and target markets. If you miss deadlines, people will question your commitment and your ability to perform quality work in a reasonable period of time, even if you do provide high-quality work. Similarly, if you make deadlines but produce low-quality work, people will question whether you have the skill set and the ability to produce the quality of work they are looking for.

This is why you must do everything possible to stay on time and even ahead of schedule when working on projects; your credibility, reputation, and profitability depend on it. This is why it’s vital you avoid procrastination and you avoid making excuses due to distractions so that you can perform your best-quality work in the shortest amount of time possible. This is why you must take steps to overcome the distractions you can and cannot control to ensure distractions don’t cause you to make excuses and procrastinate, as this will only cause you to work less efficiently and produce lower-quality work than is expected from you.

Giving people reasons to doubt your ability to produce high-quality work in a set time frame will lead to other people or competitors overtaking you, either leading to them getting promotions over you or having their businesses take your potential customers away from you. This is why the information in this book is so vital to you overcoming procrastination and excuses; you need to be efficient and effective in your work in order to have the most success possible.

You’ll learn about how focusing on the rewards and benefits you will receive after you, complete a project can help to motivate you to stay on time and even ahead of schedule in the next, chapter.