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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Pressed for time

  • Someone once said to me that nothing generates creativity better than having a deadline.

    So true.
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  • Someone once said to me that nothing generates creativity better than having a deadline.
    So true.
    What would happen if there were no deadlines or guidelines to go by?  Are we naturally geared toward procrastination?
    Think about it.  To run into people that are so organized that being early for something or being finished with a task before it’s due is very unusual.  Yes, people that operate in this manner do exist.  You do not need to email me so you can be counted.  I’ve met some of you.  Let me just say that you do not fall into the category of “normal”.
    In fact, I envy your ability to get things done early. 
    By sheer luck there have been a few times when this rare phenomenon has occurred to me.  The stars seemed to align just right, or on a more honest note, I thought my deadline was earlier and I just so happened to be finished a few days in advance.  The resulting feeling of weight off my shoulders was in the close vicinity of euphoria.  I had time to enjoy rather than stress.  I could be what some might call lazy and be perfectly content with it.  There really was not much better than not feeling the pressure of a deadline approaching without having even started the project which was due.
    Now that I’m looking back on this in greater detail I must say that this behavior may just be the answer, or at least guide me to the answer to de-stressing.
    As a matter of fact starting tomorrow, if I have time, I promise to try to finish all of my projects, including writing this column, well in advance.  Now I’m on the hunt for one of those round-to-it things that everyone is talking about…
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