So, how do you make the process of submitting a tender a stress-free process? Let ZenJen guide you:
- Checklists, checklists, checklists
If you're drowning in checklists, you're doing it right! Create a document with everything you still need to do. Strike it out once the task is done (trust me, it's therapeutic) and colour code text as to who's responsible for what.
If you can complete a section now, do it now. Nothing worse than thinking "That's easy, I'll do it later" because these will potentially add to the panic at the end. This mistake is super avoidable!
- Notify everyone else who's involved as early as possible
Relying on other people can be worrying at the best of times. Make sure anyone who is involved in submitting content is given PLENTY of warning. You'll thank yourself later.
You've got this! Breathe, focus and trust in your abilities. You wouldn't be applying if you weren't equipped for the task at hand.
You can't win them all, unfortunately. But you can learn from your mistakes. Stop moping and ask for feedback. Request to speak to the decision makers directly and take notes. Keep a record of this feedback and look for trends amongst it.
So, what if you're not the Tender-Superstar in the office? Here are some tips on how you can support them during crunch time:
-Bring them tea, coffee, biscuits, panadol..
-Respect their need to focus
-Answer phones or queries for them, if you can
-Organise Friday after-work drinks so they can switch off and relax
Good luck Tender-Friends!