Should speed trump quality?

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The truth is quality work takes time whether you’re working alone or not, whether you have flexible timing or not.

As an independent consultant, what differentiates me is the quality of my work. Rushing to complete something never ends up in quality work. Either the product looks rushed or I make mistakes. While people may be able to overlook minor typos, they certainly cannot overlook errors in a financial model. I made a list of all the items that ends up causing me to rush my work and I’m actively trying to avoid them. Here’s what they are.

How to deliver quality work without rushing

1. Start early; don’t procrastinate

I am so guilty of this. I procrastinate so much just because I feel that the work has to be perfect and then I put it off. It’s paradoxical really. The intention is to deliver top quality work. But, the need for perfection causes you to delay starting and then, you end up rushing toward the deadline. The result is poor quality work.

2. Don’t overpromise and underdeliver

Another major issue I’ve faced in the past was to overpromise and underdeliver. In my eagerness to grow, I always took on more tasks than I could handle and end up setting unrealistic deadlines. Again, I thought speed was of the essence and forcing myself to adhere to a sooner deadline would cause me to churn out the work. It was an epic fail and I started to get delayed on every project or task that I undertook giving me a really negative image.

3. Ask for more time and always keep stakeholders updated

This is closely tied to the previous point of setting unrealistic deadlines. A good rule of thumb is to add an extra 10% time to the deadline. However, sometimes, even if you do think you have set an achievable deadline with the 10% rule, there can still be unavoidable delays. It happens! But how you handle the situation is important.

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