The Importance of Being on Time and Meeting Deadlines in Business
Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by Guest Contributor
As a working woman you need to set yourself ahead of the curve in terms of professionalism. Having employers and clients taking you seriously is the first step to moving up the corporate ladder and achieving the success you desire. Getting your reputation to that standard is not an easy task, however, and requires a full approach in every sense of the business lifestyle, including clothing and business attitude. A huge part of delivering the air of professionalism that will help drive your career is punctuality.
Being punctual for meetings and assignments is a major contributor to how others see you in your field. When it comes down to promotions and advancements in your field you’re a lot more likely to be considered a serious contender if you’re always on time with your work and appointments. Being on time can be a lot easier said than done, however. It’s also important to note that being early is not always preferable, as it may show that you did not put the amount of work into a particular project you could have. Unless your work is absolutely stellar it’s best to deliver what’s asked of you when it’s requested.
There are a few methods to increase your time management for the purposes of professionalism. The first and most straight forward is keeping precise schedules of your business affairs. An appointment reminder is a fantastic way of staying on top of this. Maximizing productivity through keeping meticulous notes on your day to day activities can help keep you on schedule and alert when you when you might be veering off towards a problem, thus allowing you to handle those time management issues before they can grow to be a full fledged problem. If you’re so inclined you can take this as far as mapping out different transportation options to ensure your arrival for that meeting or presentation.
Removing distractions is also a huge part of keeping on top of assignments. While working on an important project it can be beneficial to not answer an incoming call if you’ve built up some degree of momentum. One of the biggest wastes of time during work is getting your brain to pick up where you left off, rebooting the information to where you left off. Over the course of multiple distractions this can really add up to a significant amount of time. If you need to return a call or take a break try to wait until a natural pause in your work flow to do so. This will also give you a chance to think a bit on the next obstacles at hand without over exerting yourself or feeling a need to backtrack.
As for meetings and presentations you should always seek to be a little early. 10 minutes earlier than the amount of time it takes for you to set up is preferable. The appearance of being busy is tremendous in the way that others consider your business professionalism, and arriving too early could make it seem like you have additional time on your hands. And when it comes to business: appearance is everything.