By Colin Baker
Deadlines are something that everyone would rather not have. Every minute, every hour, somewhere in the world there is a deadline for something or someone. I’m not a fan of them. I will be the first to admit I’m a grade ‘A’ procrastinator. If I’m in a class and there is a paper due in April, I will not start working on that paper until the beginning of April at least.
For me it’s not about being ahead on things. I thrive under the pressure of seeing a deadline posted two hours from now and I get the paper done just in time. I feel accomplished when doing so. Some people think I’m lazy because of the way I work things. I’ve learned from my past experiences on when to start on something at the precise time and when it is due.
I used to wait until midnight to start working on a paper that is due the next day at eight o’clock sharp. I’m not a very boastful person, but I will say that those were some of my best works. I’m sure you’re reading this thinking that I’m just saying that because this story is in the newspaper. I realize that doing so, I am hindering my performance and quality of the paper by only giving myself almost eight hours to write a five page paper. Until I write a below average paper when using this technique I will continue to do the same thing. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.
Of course there are deadlines in the real world. College is a time when our minds are molded into forms that fit the societal norm on how to act as adults and how we can help make society a better place. I was told my freshman year that deadlines are enforced harshly in college to get you working at a pace that will fit your employer and their standards of how work should be done. If you are like me you will find your own way to get things done. Find what works for you and stick with it. Don’t let those who enforce deadlines scare you or change the way you work.