There are some linguists who believe the origin of the word “deadline,” used today to indicate the time by which a task must be completed, originated in the Civil War. In those days, a “Dead Line” was a literal line around a military prison. Guards were instructed to shoot escaping prisoners that crossed this line.
No wonder we always get that ominous feeling when deadlines creep up on us.
I have a rather large deadline approaching a week from tomorrow – my last day in my current job. As a result, I am scrambling to finish up my last assignments. Last night I was up past midnight. I was up at 6 a.m. and have been going all day. If I asked the Magic 8-ball what my prospects were for not working the entire weekend, it would read: “Outlook not Good.”
I’m not complaining; I’m just tired. I always produce my best work under pressure. Once I stop working (officially), I’m going to have to find artificial ways to impose scary deadlines on myself to ensure I remain productive. To use another phrase likely coined from military operations, I need to be “under the gun” with a “fire under my feet” in order to fully motivate.
So who is going to pretend to be an editor and call me up to berate me for not getting my work done on time? (One volunteer at a time, please!)Categories: Former Job(s), Writing · Tags: Deadlines, Writing