Big question: how do you deal with deadline stress?

Rachel Shillcock
Freelance web designer

Lists! I’m a person who feels happiest when I have a list of tasks to complete. What works best for me is to keep communication strong with a client from the beginning – this way they know what to expect, when to expect it and that you’re good at letting them know when things will be done.

To have that trust between you and a client is so important, and being good at communicating with them will go a long way to building it further. But, going back to lists, once I know the scope of a project I’ll start making them – starting with rough lists of what the main project aims are, and moving on to form ones that include specific tasks for each of those elements. I use Things: it makes it a lot easier to do this per project, and I can add notes and set deadlines for each of the tasks. When I’m getting closer to deadlines, I can clearly see what tasks are left that need completing and can help communicate this back to my client.

Rachel is a freelance web designer

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