Under pressure, under a deadline, under the gun- all of these phrases are encompassing the feeling I have when I am facing a deadline. Some people work better and deliver their best results when they are facing a deadline. More often than not, I do not fall into that category. Working under pressure can make you anxious, and bring out nerves that you didn’t even think were possible, but it can also make you see in a different light, make you focus and work ten times harder. Everyone has their own way to work. Matt tells us about his experience with working on deadlines and why that is invigorating to him.
As a journalist, working on a deadline has been engrained into my mind since Day 1. I do everything on a deadline. It’s actually funny that I’m writing this blog because Kendal Ann asked me to write this over a month ago so I’m past my deadline when it comes to writing about deadlines. Irony at its finest my friends.
Anyways, back to being on deadline. For me, I love having a deadline. It gives me an idea of what I need to get done and when I need to get it done by. It also allows me to procrastinate on things until the end when I know they really need to be done. Working on a deadline doesn’t make me nervous as it can do to other people; it makes me focus even harder on the task at hand. Working on a deadline makes it easier for me to get the job done correctly the first time without having to worry about little mistakes that pop up along the way.
Even though this blog took me longer to write, I still feel like writing on a deadline isn’t just an important thing to respect in my career, it’s an important thing to respect in life as well. Being on time is such a good habit to have. It’s something that I’m known for. I hate being late. If I show up on time, I feel like I am late, so more than likely, I’m 15 minutes early for everything. It’s just a habit that I’ve developed. My Mom is the same way. I probably got that from her.
In my mind, working on a deadline and being on time go hand-in-hand. Both are not only important career guidelines but also important life guidelines as well. So next time you have a meeting, leave a little bit earlier so you can show up and make a statement instead of just being average and being on time. Set deadlines for yourself with little things around the house and work your way up to setting bigger deadlines to follow once you accomplish the little deadlines. You’ll enjoy life a lot more, I’ll tell you that.