Why the popular acronym ASAP creates confusion and frustration

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“I need this fixed ASAP.”

Embarrassingly, I found myself saying this exact phrase to my project manager once. I cringed the moment after I hit “send” on the email.

Why is that a problem?

Well, “ASAP” means as soon as possible, right?

This vague, easily misinterpreted phrase leads to confusion and frustration for everyone involved.

Using clear communication with specific deadlines is a far more effective way to delegate a task.

If you’re the one on the receiving end of this acronym, respond by asking for clarification or even a date.

Providing clear, specific deadlines will make everyone on the team more productive. Dave shares many unique tips like this in his course, Time Management Tips: Communication, on LinkedIn Learning.

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