October 2, 2017
‘Sorry my train was delayed.’
‘Sorry I had to take an important call.’‘Damn and blast – I didn’t get that done when I said I would…again!’
Are you always singing ‘I’m late I’m late for a very important date’ or rushing around using much stronger language?
Are you someone who has a reputation for lateness…for keeping people waiting?
I have a question for you: are you the White Rabbit?
While being late, can be annoying to friends and family, in business it sends a very clear message that your time is more important than another person, you do not think the meeting is that important, and you do not think the person you are meeting are that important.
Imagine if being late was the first impression you gave to a potential client. Imagine how important your team member thinks their review is when you saunter in ten minutes late.
Someone once said to me, that...
It is the same with deadlines.
Are you a “Last-minute-Lou”? - someone who needs that last-minute adrenaline rush to spur you to deliver your best work. I know I am, and it is great when you have one, maybe two competing deadlines.
But when you have several…Miss one deadline…even a self-imposed one, and you can forgive yourself. When you start making a habit of it your customers will not forgive you, even if you can forgive yourself.
Sometimes we impose unreasonable deadlines on ourselves because we do not start with the end in mind and work backwards.
If you have an aim for the end of the month and work backwards to understand what you need to have achieved each week, by the time you get to week one, day one you will quickly realise that you’d have to work 24/7 to get everything done.
Yes of course give yourself challenging targets but do not set yourself up to fail by being totally unrealistic.
If you are in ‘the white rabbit habit’ here are a few tips;