Friday, March 25, 2011
“I need it ASAP.”
ASAP. Everyone knows this means “as soon as possible”. But not everyone interprets this to mean the same thing.
In my world, the term ASAP usually means “I need it now,” or, “As quickly as you can,” and sometimes even, “Drop everything you’re doing and do this right now.”
But if I’m asking someone to complete a task via e-mail, instant messaging, or a post-it note, the urgency behind my “ASAP” can’t be heard.
I’ve worked with colleagues who have interpreted ASAP to mean “By the end of the day.” Still others key in on the term “possible” and interpret my request as “Whenever you have time,” or, “When you have nothing else to do,” or even, “If you feel like it.”
So how do we avoid the confusion? By adding clarity to the request. If you need it within an hour, then simply say so.
What does the term ASAP mean to you?