Critical deadline approaching? Slow down!

When the pressure rises, our instincts tell us to ‘Work harder!’ But what if we’ve got it all wrong? These tips can help you take a more effective approach instead of pointlessly racking up the hours.

Let’s imagine we’re just a few weeks away from a critical deadline. Management is getting anxious. As a project manager, you tell them that your team is going to have to work 20 hours a day to finish everything on time.

4pm: We need to get a version of the client’s software up and running by tomorrow morning.

5pm: Last minute fixes. Everyone gets busy.

6.30pm: Everyone goes home except for two co-workers who will get everything ready for tomorrow morning.

7pm: Surprise – it’s the wrong version! The whole project is now on hold: everything is delayed because of an oversight.