Good time management is based on preparation. Once you establish goals, set priorities, and develop a plan, it will be easier to stick with it. However, as you might guess, even if your time investment and preparing, it will not always be easy.
It is not a problem if you are a meticulous and very organized person; you are going to find your- self in trouble from time to time. There will be roadblocks along the way, and you may fall back into bad habits. Common weak spots and challenges that cause us to deviate from our well-intentioned plans include deadlines, a proclivity for procrastination, and interruptions including email and meetings. Manage each of these well and you will be on your way to staying on track.
Deadlines for big projects can be daunting. This is especially true if you have a lot of work on your plate. Your schedule, your colleagues, and your project may suffer if you do not manage the deadline well.
If you fail to set aside adequate time to complete a project, and the deadline is approaching at a fast clip, you will have to drop everything else at once.
The project, whether you like it or not, is now your most urgent and important task (and, suddenly, the most urgent and important tasks for others involved in the project who are depending on you). The rest of your to-do list will need to wait—no matter what important items remain on it.
In addition, if there is a last-minute change to the project, or you get a surprise assignment that is unrelated, you may be left without options other than missing your deadline.
On the other hand, the better you are at preparing for deadlines, the more reliable and effective you will be at doing your job. Here is how to make deadlines doable.