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Best Tips for Meeting Writing Deadlines

Updated on December 27, 2014
Working toward a deadline or target does not have to be stressful if you have the right tools
Working toward a deadline or target does not have to be stressful if you have the right tools | Source

Bloggers must meet them for their postings and webmasters even experience them for affiliates they work with. These particular types of working targets or goals

Deadlines are a fact of life for writers. There are those to satisfy when writing for ourselves; these are generally established to meet real or imaginary goals we put in place. There are deadlines sustained for clients and customers. Some are for various connections with work which happen to intersect with our own.

Meeting these is extremely stressful in most situations and produce anxiety and strain on an already pressure filled job of creating written content for a living. There are times when the most organized of writers find difficulty in fulfilling the task.

We discover unintentionally working more than a few late nights and worry about people in our lives we miss because of these same intentions. Not only do we feel the strain in our wallets if pay is affected, but credibility and future working relationships are capable of suffering as well as a consequence of these imaginary lines.

The hassle of encountering an approaching one and not being prepared does not necessarily mean we need to realize anxiety with the right tools in front of us. There are some steps to put in place or a strategy to help meet them. These are several tips to meeting writing deadlines.

Always clarify project details

Before agreeing to any specific closing date for an assignment, obtain a full understanding of your customer’s expectations. Believe it or not, more often than you imagine a client does not fully understand the job at hand.

They may be misinformed or ignorant about the info needed or material to research or even what it takes to produce their desired outcome. This puts a number of variables in place which affect the undertaking as a whole and could move the deadline considerably past what their expectations are.

There are times when the customer will not actually know what they want or their needs are not attainable. Make certain all details are clarified and discussed. Even “dumb it down” if necessary.

Both parties should be on the same page when it comes to ending any job, including the potential obstacles which could come into play producing the anticipated results and the ability to satisfy a deadline.

Have a basic agreement

Many writers working with clients and their requested tasks feel a sense of relief working with a written contract. It should outline the details so any misunderstandings are held to a minimum or not seen at all while working together.

Particulars summarized in a project plan are wonderful. If the customer has a role in helping to meet a goal make certain they take care of their end of things. This is one of the best tips for meeting writing deadlines.

Meet mini deadlines

Working toward satisfying mini deadlines will aid in taking some of the feeling of weight off of you. Breaking the job down into smaller tasks is satisfying. You will complete smaller goals and even have the opportunity in some cases to outsource some of these.

Give the task more time

Nervous strain and tension in the act of doing the task is sometimes alleviated by giving the endeavor more time. Push the date up and provide a cushion of days or even a couple of weeks if you need to. You are in charge and have the ability to move the timeline to any place you feel comfortable.

Keep everyone in the loop

This is especially true for work that is outsourced. Make certain everyone involved understands meeting mini deadlines are vital to the entire assignment at hand. Underscore the fact everyone is important to the entire mission at hand and let all sources know to check in. Keeping open lines of communication will make everything run more smoothly.

In conclusion

Put emphasis on the fact there are actually factors outside of your control. Everything does not always go as planned. Therefore, be prepared to make some adjustments on your road to the end. Your blueprint or design will contain some modifications in some instances. Though, following these tips will certainly help get you to your goals more often than not with a successful outcome.

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    • smcopywrite profile image

      smcopywrite 5 years ago from all over the web

      thank you for the feedback. i believe we all know a lot of these, but need to use them more often.

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      Roberta Kyle 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      absolutely great, down to earth, time tested advice-- I especially like the " mini-deadline" Great tips-- Now if I could just get myself out of my funk and follow them. Thumbs up up up

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant advice and thanks for sharing.

      I vote up,across and share.


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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      I appreciate the very good advice. Voted up and useful!