I remember back in college, the flurry of excuses that would infiltrate my brain like a pack of ninjas on a sugar high when a term paper, book report or presentation was fast approaching a deadline.
“Just one quick nap and then I’ll be refreshed and ready to tackle!”
“I just need one more salty snack and then I’m good to go!”
“I actually don’t have to do this today, I mean it’s really not a big deal for me to push this to tomorrow and meet everyone for tacos.”
And then of course, “Let’s just say I don’t get it done in time. I’m sure my teacher would believe I got strep. It’s totally going around. That should buy me some empathy and an extension.”
But then ultimately, what would happen, is I couldn’t stand the thought of not delivering on time and I would throw on my own ninja black cat suit and boots and armor myself with the best weapons imaginable (‘cause it was my imagination, after all) and I would round house kick every single ninja with excuses that came at me and I … worked better under pressure.
Not much has changed really since then except my perception on it. When I worked for a newspaper – deadlines. Infomercials – deadlines. Copywriting – deadlines. Ghostwriting – deadlines. Having your own marketing business – major deadlines!
Even today, when prepping for a presentation, I leave it to the week before to fine tune my speaking skills, practice in the car and gather a few good jokes.
While there are certain things I manage to get done even early, most is done later and right up to the due date. It’s just how life is now for me. And what I’ve come to see is that there is much validity in working well under pressure. I don’t really feel bad about it anymore because some really good stuff comes out of it and each time, I am still well-prepared, even if it is last minute.
So, I wouldn’t really say I was a procrastinator anymore. I much prefer a deadline domination ninja!
Ok, that’s all I got. I literally have two hours before my next deadline!