Delays and How to Avoid Them

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Delays can at the least disrupt the progress of a business. These delays may even destroy a business. Delaying a product, idea, or any other part of a business can end in unrest in the public. Just think of the new video game or iPod getting delayed. Doesn’t that annoy you to no end? Well, try to avoid that whenever possible.

Delays will happen though and have already. The business that my cousin and I were planning on making has had some delays. These delays are due to multiple reasons. For us, we live in two different towns. These towns are about 50 miles apart. This is the main problem which is causing delays in our starting of the business. It is hard to communicate with him and when I get the chance, I can’t actually see what he’s done. This has caused some annoyance and lack of focus. Another reason we’ve been delayed is our schedules. I play sports after school so therefore I have trouble finding time. This lack of time has been killing us on our business. The last reason for our delay is basically we haven’t spent enough time on it. This kind of includes the not having time piece. But we have spent maybe a half hour total on this project. We need to put in way more time to get this thing done and find out what each others jobs are.

Avoiding delays is a crucial part to keeping your business successful. In fact, it’s necessary. Now am I saying that if you delay a product it will kill your business? No, I’m not. But this delay can have an effect on other projects going on and hold them up too. It’s when you have multiple delays. That’s when you know you have a problem. Multiple delays are something you HAVE to avoid. So just use the following tips to help you avoid them.

  • Stay Focused on your Goals- Writing down your goals may help you with this. But the main thing is that  you know why you are doing what you’re doing. If you don’t know why are doing something then you are going to be way less committed to it and will probably slack off from it. This will delay it’s progress which isn’t good for anybody.
  • Schedule out your Day- Creating a schedule for yourself will help you stay on track and know when you should be working. This can help ease the stress of fitting everything in at the last minute. It’s a bad habit to get into and can create delays.
  • Work on something Daily- This will keep your mind focused on your work and raise your productivity. Doing at least one thing for your business daily will help you improve you business. This will also keep you committed to it.
  • Check out the Results- It’s always good to see how much your making and the people’s lives you are changing. Whenever you see that you’ve made a difference in your life, another person’s life, or the bank account it’s a good feeling. The feeling you get will keep you going even when times get tough.
  • Make sure you actually like your niche- There is no sense in joining a group or niche that you don’t like or aren’t comfortable in. This can cause you to lose focus or quit. There is no point to doing something for a month making a few bucks and quitting. Join a niche you can see yourself being in for a long time. This means you can actually progress your business, rather than stopping and starting.

All in all, delays can be tough on your business and your mindset. So when avoidable, find away around them. They can cause you to lose focus and interest which can ultimately destroy your business. Not many people can say they own a business or like what they do. So take advantage of this and stay committed. Owning a business is tougher, but way more rewarding then working a 9-5 job. So take advantage of the chances you have and don’t delay anything that can be done on time.

31 Responses to Delays and How to Avoid Them

  1. jackie35 says:

    Great article! I have 6 words for this…
    There Is An App For That!

    I use my iPad to keep track of my daily day-to-day functions, meetings, and family time!

    I do slack up sometimes but the alarm and alert is not deleted until its done!

  2. Purarnick says:

    Thanks. Yeah, I wish I had an iPad. I have an iPod Touch and I use some of the daily planning tips. Hope you can sort out life. Haha. I know I wish I could all the time.
    - Nick

  3. dave46 says:

    The other aspect of avoiding delays is to create a plan for how you are going to reach your ultimate goal and then to add in “milestones” or subgoals. The subgoals are all steps that must be accomplished in order to meet the ultimate goal.

    Some subgoals must be accomplished sequentially, that is you can’t work on subgoal 3 until you’ve completed subgoal 2. Some, subgoals, though, can be worked on in parallel. For example, two people could each work on separate subgoals that must both be completed to reach a subgoal that depends upon both being completed.

    There are many programs out there for managing and scheduling projects. Whether or not you use one isn’t important, but what is important is to have the goals and steps set out for your project. Once you have these completed, then you can create daily, weekly and or monthly schedules of your time that will help you reach your ultimate goal.

    Good luck with your project.

  4. dave46 says:

    OK, not that you have created a series of subgoals, each of the subgoals must have a time estimate made, ie how long, hours, days, etc, it’s going to take to accomplish that particular task. The idea here is that you will then have an estimate for each subgoal and when you add up all the hours or days for the subgoals that will equal the total time to complete the whole project. For example if each subgoal is estimated to require 12 hours and you have 10 subgoals to reach the ultimate goal, the entire project will require 120 hours to accomplish.

    Then, you have to determine how much time you can devote to the project each day or week or month. From this you can then poject. If you feel that you and your partner can each spend 2.5 hours per week working on the project you now can estimate that it will require 120 hours divided by 5 hours per week or 24 weeks in total to complete the project.

    Now comes the fun part, working on the project. Let’s make the assumption that instead of being able to reach the first subgoal in 10 hours it takes 20 hours. You now have a delay of potentially 2 weeks in completing the project just from the first subgoal. If each subgoal takes 20 hours rather than 10 and you continue to work a total of 5 hours per week, your project will be delayed by 24 weeks, unless you take other steps to keep on your original schedule. For example you might each work a total of 5 hours per week, doubling the hours you spend each week. That would enable you to reach the original schedule of 24 weeks.

    So you see, there is a really great method to use for avoiding delays in a project.

  5. dave46 says:

    You’ll also “see” me in at least one other place, Nick. And I’ll probably add some additional posts to your blog, too. I used to create the schedules I’ve described above for a major project that was part of the “Star Wars” Strategic Defense Initiative. The actual methodology was a lot more sophisticated (and a lot more time consuming) than what I’ve described above.

  6. Purarnick says:

    Alright. Thanks man. I’ll see you around the blog. Might add a forum later.

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