Reliability Top Tips
Manage Your Commitments
You are more likely to be reliable if you don’t take on too much. Keep on top of what you’ve got going on and prioritise your time appropriately.
If you are running behind schedule or something isn’t going to plan, tell that person! You might feel awkward, but I promise they would much rather be kept in the loop than you not deliver.
When you take something on, think to yourself, can I actually achieve this? It is brilliant to stretch yourself, but don’t promise to deliver something in a week if you don’t actually know how to do it yet. You will create more stress for yourself and have less chance of delivering long-term.
Prioritise Your Commitments
Similar to time-management, think about deadlines and what work needs to be prioritised. Don’t spend time on something if it hasn’t got to be in for months when you have a deadline tomorrow you haven’t started.
Don't Demand Credit
If you get something in on time don’t presume everyone will be thanking you for hours on end. Sometimes it is just what is expected of you. Tell yourself you’ve done a good job and move forward.
If You Can, Overdeliver
Nothing boosts your reliability status more than over-delivering. This doesn’t however mean you need to overdeliver constantly. Every now and then, if you have the time, get something in early, add a little more detail than needed or just deliver it with a smile and a coffee. Trust me, a little goes a long way.
Not every task you ever do will be one you absolutely love doing. Sometimes it will be a means to an end. Try not to procrastinate these tasks and put them off, the more you wait the less chance you have of getting them in on time!
Don't Be Afraid To Ask For Help
You might be the most reliable, dedicated person in the room but that doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help. If the difference is between not completing a task on time and asking someone else for help, just ask. The worst they can say is no.
Be Prepared For "No"
Value other people’s time. People might not always have the time to help you out and you have to accept that. If they can’t help, ask someone else or communicate with who you are completing the task for.
Similarly, if you have the time and someone asks you for help, try and give them it. This is a great way to show you’re not only reliable with your tasks, but also with helping others.
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