D is for Deadline


Many etymologists claim the word deadline was first phrased during the American Civil War (1861-1865). It referred to a line, beyond which prisoners were not allowed to cross. If they dared to cross the line they were killed.

It does seem an aggressive word, doesn’t it? And don’t we all get the jitters when a deadline looms – whether or not we’ve set them ourselves? I must admit, I was far more ‘deadline’ conscious throughout my former career and I always completed work well before a due date. This did back fire on the odd occasion when the work requested was altered in some way or another. Nowadays, I do push back my own writing deadlines if things aren’t going as planned or a bit of extra time would be beneficial. I’m a writer and it’s my prerogative.

Do you get the jitters when a deadline approaches? Are you flexible with your own deadlines?  

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  1. The word DOES have a negative connotation...but for a positive reason. If that makes sense?
    Writer In Transit

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  2. the story about the origin of the word is quite interesting. thanks for stopping by on my blog

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  3. I'm at my most productive when there's a deadline looming. So I tend to set myself deadlines so I don't waste too much time.

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  4. I like to get things done on time, and deadlines help me do that

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  5. Deadlines motivate me. Without them, there's no push.

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  6. Good morning and I am someone that used
    to Thrive on Deadlines and would finish
    things way early. But now I let them
    slide by and then end up getting things
    in late which isn't good. So I need to
    find a happy medium somehow.

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

    I’m exploring different types of dreams and their meanings.
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  8. Deadlines can help you stay more focused on finishing a task.

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  9. I need deadlines or I get off track. I definitely think I function better under a deadline! Great post.

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  10. Hi Nicola,

    Deadlines are definitely essential.. But no matter how many deadlines I have met, I still get the jitters..

    Seena

    D is for Diapers

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  11. I seem to work better having a deadline than not. Particularly if they are imposed from without and not by me.

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    1. I used to be the imposer of deadlines :) but I always built in a buffer (don't tell).

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  12. Wow, aggressive doesn't quite cover the etymology of the word! :) I work much better with deadlines - they seem to change my mental attitude somehow, even if I will only fail myself if I miss them.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  13. I have always done my best work under pressure which I am sure has worked against my health. However, I am quite healthy. I'm having a bit to discipline myself in retirement.

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    1. Too much pressure always has a negative impact on our general well being so it's important to get the balance right. Glad you are healthy and enjoying more freedom.

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  14. So interesting! I had no idea where that word came from.

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  15. I love a deadline, brain goes into overdrive. LOL

    Happy April 5th!
    Ninga Minion @YolandaRenee from
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    1. I used to thrive on deadlines given to me. Making my own doesn't quite have the same impact - eek!

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  16. Deadlines give me a focus, and I don't like being late, but I have a habit of pushing things right up to the day before the deadline and then going full speed ahead to get it done. It's a fault that I try to remedy.

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    1. That works best for some. I used to work well ahead of deadline and that is not always a good thing either. Thanks for commenting.

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  17. I spent 30-plus years working for local newspapers so deadlines are part of my DNA. They concentrate the mind wonderfully! Around My Kitchen Table

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  18. Deadlines are funny, I'm always on time, but mostly, just about in time. Work doesn't get affected, but only I know the craziness that goes into submitting it :) Nice post!

    Love, 2 AM Writer

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  19. In my teaching career, everything was on a schedule and deadlines were solid. No give at all. That has helped me in my writing career too.
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    1. I was the Queen of deadlines during my teaching career. I'm a lot more flexible nowadays :)

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  20. Deadlines are always ominous to me, but I can't live without them. I'd never get anything done.

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  21. Deadlines ... great Civil War data there. I dislike deadlins but like D.G. they do give me focus and a wind in my sails. :-)

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    1. This challenge is blowing a gale force into my sails, Roland :) It'll be a category 5 by the end of the month.

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  22. I've learned to become flexible just so I don't get the jitters anymore :)
    Fran
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    Writing Women’s Fiction

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  23. Deadlines scare me but they also help me put things in perspective. I have learnt to prioritise and organise thanks to them.

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  24. I get nervous about deadlines, but usually get things done early. I come up with a schedule and how long everything will take and just work steady and it works out. I always worry that I won't get done. But I always do.

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  25. Deadline, how I hate that word. I'm so glad I don't have to deal with those anymore. When I'm in charge of my own goals, I just let things happen as they happen.

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  26. Do I get the jitters? Yes. I am the type of person that likes to have my piece in two or three days before the deadline.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

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    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  27. I do much better with deadlines. That's a grim origin story! :) @abetterjulie from www.persephoneknits.blogspot.com

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  28. I don't like deadlines but it seems when I have one I work more effectively. No surfing for cute kitty pics and houses I'd like to live in.

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    1. A deadline does have that effect :)

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  29. Deadlines can be nerve racking, but it keeps me focused, both self-imposed and bestowed.

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  30. I hate deadlines....hate them!

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  31. I do get nervous about deadlines. But no deadline is as bad as the true deadline - the one at the Andersonville (Ft. Sumter) POW camp for Union Civil War soldiers in Georgia - I've visited that camp (a must see, along with their POW museum if you are ever in Georgia) and it is sobering to be able to cross over that deadline and think of those who were imprisoned there - many of whom decided that crossing the deadline (instant death, so a form of suicide) was the way to end their pain and suffering.

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  32. I work well under pressure, but at the same time I feel stressed and I lose sleep and free time here and there meeting a deadline. I try to start things early to be done with them early.

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    1. I used to get everything done early when the deadlins were bestowed upon me.

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