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June 11, 2012

Deadlines – Love Them Or Loathe Them?

by limebirdvanessa

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” Douglas Adams

Actually I’m a stickler for deadlines, but only other people’s. I don’t seem to take myself seriously when I set them for myself. If somebody requires me to submit a piece of writing by a certain deadline, you will find me writing away into the small hours to get it done on time. If I set myself a deadline to complete a piece of writing, you will find me vacuuming, painting my nails, or trying out a new recipe.

A few months ago a magazine editor told me that she appreciated how I always submitted articles on time because she was forever having to chase up other writers who were late with their submissions. I was genuinely shocked, I couldn’t imagine writers missing a deadline when they had been commissioned to write an article (exceptional circumstances aside). I’m not trying to say that I am in any way better than those other writers, just that for me, meeting a deadline like that is a priority – I consider it a privilege if I am commissioned to write an article and I do everything I can to ensure that I meet what is required in every way, and that includes delivering on time.

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