I've never really come to terms with how I feel about them. I am definitely (and at this point, unapologetically) a procrastinator. Evidence has shown that I can throw myself into a whirligig of productivity at the last moment in order to meet the particular demands of one. Sometimes I fail. Sometimes I come through. But, the upfront costs of dillydallying, the negative self-talk, and the neurotic inter-looping necessary to navigate those final pre-deadline moments take a pretty horrendous emotional toll.
are they a good thing? I don't think this behavior is.
What causes me more concern and worry is how to deal with those deadlines that are self-imposed?
Leave the poor boy alone. Without me, there'd be no internet, no message boards, no email... certainly no minesweeper or solitaire... and absolutely no AIM. Hatrack would have no posters at all!
I'm a force of nature.
Granted, I was a little miffed at the "first" deadline... Death had created it to keep me out of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He figured, with me around, the Apocalypse would never come. But I've gotten over it, and deadlines have actually made me a household name.
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If somebody figures out a solution that doesn't involve discipline and actually getting around to doing the work in a timely manner, I want to know about it.
There's a magazine editor out there who can vouch for this. She feels I have valuable information and insights in regard to the subscribers and readers of her magazine, but dealing with me is a real pain. No matter how long my article has been discussed and planned, it always comes in at the last minute.
One time, it was going to come in the day after the deadline. She wrote to tell me that it was OK, because the real deadline was something like a week later.
I wrote to her in a panic.
"Never," I wrote, 'under any circumstances ever tell me what the real deadline is ever again!
quote:don't know what kind of magazine you write for but it looks like that is a great kernel for writing one on procrastination!
I don't write for the magazine on a regular basis. I basically end up with articles in it between two and three times per year. Since most of the other stories have dealt with issues important to her readership, she was willing to hang in with the painful process of waiting for me to turn my stuff in. (the pain is somewhat lessened in that I am less likely than most others she deals with to get upset about her editorial scalpel - my articles are always the better for her surgery.)
Dunno - I'm not primarily a writer. It's just one of the tools I use to get my main job done. OTOH, it would be kind of nice to write something that was actually fun for a change - and totally unexpected coming from me. I'd probably have to do it on my own and surprise her with it - an article on procrastination wouldn't be rewarding enough for her to nudge, cajole, etc. through the process.
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