The term deadline can sound severe in several circumstances, and after looking up its historical significance I found that it was first coined during the American Civil War. I was surprised at how literally it was used. A Confederate General described a line that Federal prisoners were not allowed to pass without threat of being killed. I prefer the use of the word deadline in the world of printing. In the early 19th century it was used to describe a line from which nothing would print properly on a printing press. Later, in the 1920s, deadline was used to express a ‘time limit’ in the newspaper industry.
I don’t know about you, but if deadlines held the same lethal connotation they did in prison camps over 200 years ago, I’d have been dead and buried by my Junior year in high school. (And, it was totally my science project partner’s fault!) The point to all of this is, do you set serious deadlines for yourself? Do you take your deadlines seriously? What are the consequences and rewards for reaching a deadline?
Let’s take this one step at a time.