Ever heard the saying ‘time is money’? For those involved in project management or just in charge of getting a large job done efficiently and on time, this could likely wake you up at night.
The key to knowing when certain things like skip bins will be needed takes an understanding of timelines, milestones, and maybe even a little splash of psychic ability. (Just saying)
You just need to skills to be able to gauge when you’re ready for the products and service to get the job done.
Are you ready? No seriously, are you?
For those of us not born with a clipboard in our hand, take a look at some points to help you with the fine art of timelines and being organised.
Let’s Get Real
Too tight a timeframe puts everyone involved under unnecessary pressure. Sure there is a large part of hustle involved in all our lives, but there is an art to keeping it to a percentage.
If the pressure becomes too much, corners are cut, and delays and further costs incurred due to repeating work are inevitable.
For any project to be successful and run on schedule, there needs to be a way to target key areas, to look at milestones and have some space for slotting in other things. The best plans even have a contingency strategy built-in.
Why Should I Estimate Timeframes?
Without proper timeframe estimation, the ability to gauge when your suppliers are needed will lessen and getting a commitment from others involved won’t be easy.
Paying for things you don’t need, not having them around when you do. It’s happed to the best of us.
Any project has limitations, with cost expectations and budgetary constraints being at the top of that list. Wherever costs blow out there will surely be raise eyebrows.
These alone are why estimates are important.
When Do I Need a Skip?
Be clear on what point do you need to ensure the organisation of the site and the collection of any waste and hiring of skip bin.
Every job has its own degree of complexity so ask yourself a few questions,
- At what stage will I need the skip bin?
Will it be towards the end, or maybe all through the project? Sometimes it’s more important to decide whether your or your workers will benefit, time-wise to have something there just in case.
Look at the types of waste you have and whether it is necessary to have a skip bin from the get-go.
- How many days can you keep the bin?
Clean up on the way, or wait till the end. Sometimes it depends on your timelines, sometimes on your temperament.
If you need to have the area cleared by a certain time, the answer will be decided for you.
Try creating order in your mind. Actually visualising it will help, also.
Tools of the Trade
Consider using a particular tool to help with mapping of goals, milestones and end of project timelines. A simple excel spreadsheet can be just as effective as expensive software and a simply written chart will help keep track of the important aspects of your project and when completion dates are looming.
A Gantt chart for those familiar with project management is used for charting tasks and areas of importance and can be quite useful.
From the simplest of jobs to large ones, don’t go it alone. If you need help, look for purposeful tools, and don’t hinder. You’ll know the difference if the majority of your day is spent trying to work it out.
Choose Your Partner
Unreliability is the ultimate killer of timelines. It will follow you and be all over your project like a dog on a chop.
If irresponsible was a person what do you think he or she would look like?
I can tell you exactly. It’s the ‘sorry I let your plants die’, ‘forgot to feed the cat’, house sitter.
It’s the ‘blew the rent on a 20-1 outsider at Royal Randwick, ‘forgot to bring the beer’ person that we all know and sometimes love.
They have a purpose in life somewhere, just not on your project.
Same applies to your suppliers.
It may seem like a given but the use of professional services can give insight into managing your timelines more effectively. Take advice. Sometimes it’s invaluable.
The wrong partnerships can prove costly, and the punishment will be swift
Remember to communicate if things change. If a degree of flexibility is required, make sure you are clear with your skip bin supplier. This is a two-way street.
Project management skills can be learned. A bit of forethought and the help of the best skip bin company will have a place for everything, and everything in its place.
Contact us at Skip Bin Hire Australia for the best advice and a fair bit of experience on your skip bin management. We know the big jobs and the small. From one day to many months, we have what you need.