As you have probably already figured out, we at the ResearchWritingCenter are obsessed with deadlines. Why? The answer is that meeting the deadline and making timely delivery are among the main criteria that make our customers love us. People generally tend to prefer and come back time after time for reliable service. Duh!
That customer preference for timely turn-ins is why we are starting an aggressive campaign to help our employees who are struggling with their own time management problems. You probably know that time management issues act like a chain of dominoes; one negative outcome after another. You put off the work and do something irrelevant instead. Then, you do not have enough time to do a superior job because now you are up against the deadline. So, you say to yourself: “Who cares!”, and do a rush job. Isn’t it logical to assume that the quality of a rush job will never even approach being “good”, never mind “great”?
One of the main issues with time management is the choice of the right time to start with a task. When folks receive an order with a deadline offering more than a few days lead time, they often think that this allows them to postpone beginning to work. This is wrong, wrong, so wrong, simply because you can never be sure what the task includes, exactly.
Yes, you might very well already have, in hand, an outline and the general assignment from the customer. But that is not the whole picture. There is also the research, locating credible sources, note taking, compilation of the information, etc., and the list goes on infinitely.
Guys – what you need to do is to start the work on an assignment immediately. The hardest part of every task is the beginning. Any task possesses an inertial force; while it is not underway you are not releasing that force. As soon as you have started, the principle of a snow ball rolling down the hill kicks in. You experience increasing momentum and also volume. The more info you get, the more sources you gather, the more you have to write from.
Then there is the relevancy issue, which takes time. When you have a lot of references and points to work with, you need to pick the most important issues/pieces of material and concentrate on them.
You can plan your work ahead. There are a lot of software solutions on the web, which offer time planning capabilities. Then, there is also the plain old virtual notepad embedded in your operating system. Try using that to sketch your work plan. Look for the icon and the name “Notepad”; it includes very few features, but it opens snappily.
We of course recognize you are all living, breathing, individuals, with unique personal demands and needs. We respect those and do not want to prevent you from living your life.
However, if those needs stand in the way of your work with us, that does not alter our goal. We want to get the work done, and on time. That is why the ResearchWritingCenter is being kind of pugnacious about this particular topic.
We clearly recognize that many of you do these jobs on time, and the quality of your work is quite satisfying. Those of you that can relate to this previous statement may feel free to ignore everything said above, and below! Mazel Tov!
Here is a basic list of the steps you need to follow in order to work with us efficiently:
Correct implementation: “First I’ll write two pages, and then I’ll make myself a sandwich.”
Wrong implementation: “I’ll make a sandwich, and then if I feel like I don’t want a nap, I will do those two pages.”
In conclusion I would like to point out that most writers at a certain stage of their work with us experience similar time management problems. We understand that. We simply want to stress the importance of not making a habit of being late, and/or having jobs returned for revision.
We at the ResearchWritingCenter believe in you and your skills. We also hope that you truly understand and realize the importance of your work. Thank you and good luck in all your future endeavors!