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I want to start out by saying, in 25 years I have yet to perfect this. What I have learned is to give myself grace and margin.
Before I dig into how I schedule a client project, I want to address some of the things that can disrupt client scheduling. You have to decide what you are willing to tolerate.
Possible schedule disruptions:
So how do I deal with client delays? Here’s a few tactics…
Here are a few of mine:
A lot of stress and a few holidays ruined by clients finally taught me this.
It’s important to recognize what we can realistically accomplish in a day. How many focused hours do you really have? Is it 4 in an 8 hour day? Is your task list ridiculously long and spills over into the next day? Are you switching from client to client?
We need to stop berating ourselves when we go off track.
We need to create schedules not only help keep our clients on track, but also allow us to extend grace to ourselves or our clients when one of us needs it.
I typically work with 2-3 clients at a time. Just because I can build a website really fast, doesn’t mean I should.
If I worked on a custom website non-stop – without a client slowing me down – I can do it in about 30-40 hours. With a client participating and no delays? 6 weeks. With 2-3 clients at a time so I can give them each space to understand and fully collaborate? 12 weeks or more.
Here’s what my design process (somewhat simplified for the purposes of this illustration) looks like on the calendar:
A few things to remember as you figure out your own schedule…
Are you realistic about your schedule? Are you struggling to create something that consistently works for you? Does the whole thing fall apart when one domino falls? Talk to me, I would love to help you figure this out.