Use Deadlines to Get Traction

In a former life I was an Army Officer.  In my first job as a 2nd Lieutenant my boss taught me an invaluable management technique: Use suspense dates so that actions you want done get done at the time you want them done.  I have since used that technique in managing people, business and myself.  For a few examples if you give a project to an employee or a vendor make sure they know the due date.  For business if I have a goal to reach for an individual or department I will stake a deadline at the end of the month or quarter for example.  For myself I need to do x activities over the next week and I then look at my results. 

A handy tool to help you with this is to set a reminder in your outlook calendar.  Then if you have other people involved invite them on the calendar item and it will populate in their calendar to help keep them focused on the deadline – this way the person or group keeps it top of mind.

Similarly, if you are starting up a new business give yourself deadlines of when you want to accomplish x and put it on the calendar.  This way you will hold yourself accountable and also chart a course of action.  Over time as you accomplish the tasks you set out, in the timeframe you set you will build your confidence and your business.  Your business will have start to have traction in moving forward and grow. 

Happy Independence Day!

Published on July 1, 2013 in Business Start Up

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