How to Professionally Miss a Deadline In the Office

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It happens to the best of us. Maybe the design work you thought require four hours but taking more like 14. Maybe Tuesday turned into Wednesday due to food poisoning and there is no way you can submit your project in the office at time.

In any case, you are going to miss a deadline, and you are worry about your boss, your customer or presentation or finish client report. Here are a few things we discussed that will help you get the extension you need while keeping your relationship intact.

Give as much advance notice as possible

There is nothing more unprofessional than, ‘’Oops, I missed today’s deadline. Can I finish it in next week? There are exceptions, but for the most part you should try to give as much notice as possible if you think you are going to late delivering something. I am working into the project and looks like the data collection may take a few days longer than I originally anticipated. It’s much easier for the other party to plan around you if you say something like; in fact most people will be happy to extend a deadline when given a good reason.

Explain Yourself Briefly

Be professional to explain why you are going to be late to submit a project. A good rule to explain why things are not going according to plan, without blaming anyone, crashing computer, your sick.

Show professionalism and appreciation

If something going late & you have ever been on the receiving end of late work, so make sure you show your appreciation when you are asking for an extension, in simple I really appreciate you making this exception. It won’t happen again. And also pick a deadline and stick to it. People want to see you as professional and reliable if they know when you are going to submit your work exactly.

Make sure it’s rare

The best advice of all is to make sure you are not in the habit of missing deadlines. When people turn things in late on the reg, its gets harder and harder to give them relief. In my opinion you should always set the deadline before one or two days by given date. Even put it on your calendar, stick to that date, and you’ll always be safe.