It happens to the best of us. You try your best to meet a deadline but it just doesn’t happen. Whether it was poor preparation, distractions beyond your control, or another client emergency that took over the hours you wanted to dedicate to a project, you’re now out of time. With the holiday coming up (and the World Cup on everyone’s mind), time is almost sure to be lost.
It’s embarrassing and disappointing when you miss a deadline, but the best thing you can do is move quickly to solve the issue. Here are a few key things you can do:
Flag a new, realistic deadline – Let your supervisor know when you can actually get the assignment completed. Hopefully this is within the next hour or two. If not, move on to…
Ask for help – Raise the white flag and ask for support. It’s best to do this as soon as you realize the project is going to be late. As a colleague if she/he can jump in and provide some counsel or even take a little chunk of the work off your plate
Create time – Are you booked with meetings? Is there a fun after-work activity you were planning to attend? Time to clear your schedule. You’d be surprised how much time is taken up by “quick meetings”
Push back on the deadline – So long as your supervisor is aligned, push back on the deadline with the client. Usually, EOD and first thing the next morning isn’t too much of a difference to a client, but to you, it’s at least a few extra hours of work