How to (Subconsciously) Make Your Team Respect Deadlines

Project management is all about meeting deadlines. There are many deadlines that must be met for smaller tasks and phases within a project.
It is important to remember that project management requires cooperation. This means that deadlines and tasks are interconnected. One missed deadline can have a negative impact on all work. It’s a domino effect where negative consequences can lead to project scope creep.
Project managers face the problem of not being able to meet deadlines, whether at work or in daily life. People are naturally inclined to take deadlines that are too far away lightly, believing there is more time. There isn’t always enough time.
What is the psychological explanation?
It’s human nature to avoid deadlines, as we have already stated. Psychologists have proven this.
Did you ever study for exams and then rush through the material in an over-night session? Consider how stressed you felt. You feel more stressed and anxious the closer you get to an important date, deadline, or task. Psychologists have quickly identified this effect as the “Goal Looms Larger Effect!”
This is how they describe it: The closer someone gets success, the more intense his effort becomes. When you approach a deadline, task, or goal, it dominates all of your thoughts. This focused attention has many benefits.
This psychological evaluation does not include the timeframe. Some procrastinators claim they do better when under pressure. This is absurd because it is difficult to complete a task in a short time. This means that this group of people doesn’t work well if there are deadlines. However, they will try to extend deadlines when they are set.
Let’s not get too deep into psychology and instead focus on how to make colleagues and team members respect deadlines.
1. Only set deadlines that are realistic
How many times have you found yourself in a situation where you had multiple deadlines for the same task? It becomes obvious that the deadline was not real when you get to the second one. A boss or project manager used the false deadline to manipulate his/her staff. The deadline will be missed if it is not met. Or so they think. In reality, however, this is not the case.
How to make your team subconsciously more productive
Your tasks can be broken down into smaller tasks that require shorter time periods. Tasks that take less than a day should be created and assigned. The team will see that there are a lot of tasks and deadlines that are easy to meet.
2. Engage your team in deadline setting
Many stakeholders don’t know the details of their projects. They don’t know how everything works or is organized. Stakeholders are often far from reality when it comes to setting deadlines. These people set dates for projects to be completed, but it is difficult for them to meet the deadlines.
Your team should be involved in setting up schedules. Let your team decide the terms and deadlines for each task.
How to make your team subconsciously more productive
You are a smart manager if you include your team members in the deadline setting process. You create a great sense of teamwork. Engaging in an activity makes someone feel more responsible for their work.
Second, your colleagues will establish deadlines that are based upon a clear understanding of what is needed and how much time it takes.
If your colleagues set deadlines, you have nothing to complain about. They are the ones who have estimated everything!
3. Go into detail
It is important to give an explanation. It is not enough to simply say when a deadline is. Instead, state when it is and why everyone must meet it. This will help you to define it.