We've been grading papers. This means we've heard students complaining about writing to deadlines (and word limits, but that's another story). Do you know the worst thing? When I finished my PhD, I thought, 'there, that's the last deadline I'll ever have to deal with in my academic career.'
But no. My diary is full of deadlines. The self-imposed ones sometimes seem the worst - I can only blame myself for how horrid they are. At least I can rant at the deadlines others set in the 'what were they thinking... don't they know I have better things to do' way. More and more deadlines crowd in...
So I found some satisfaction in Stephen Fry's latest mini-blog. He quotes Douglas Adams on deadlines. I may pin that quote to my office door.
Although, I will disagree on one point. I love to write. I just hate writing to a deadline.
I also hate trying to write conclusions that are messing up my deadline.