Friday Wisdom – Working to a Deadline

Well, remember that shed I demolished and said I was getting a new one? Well the shed company disappointed me and called to delay delivery by two weeks so now I have an empty spot in the yard and stacks of lumber I can’t move until they finally deliver the new shed, so naturally I’m thinking about work and deadlines:

I love deadlines – especially the whooshing noise they make as they fly past.

College students and the government share one thing when it comes to deadlines: both wait till the last minute and then get an extension.

I got a book on deadlines. I was supposed to finish it last week.

Did you hear the chef missed the deadline? He said he ran out of thyme.

I was out with a group of enthusiastic weavers having a great time, but they all had to leave early to meet a looming deadline.

Doctor said I had three months to live, I said that I’ve never meet a deadline in my life.

If it was worth doing, it would have been done by now.

I believe that tomorrow holds possibilities for new technologies and discoveries that will make all my current projects obsolete.

If at first you don’t succeed – well there’s always next year.

Remember that the probability of a miracle, although very small, is not zero.

A good excuse is as good as a finished job.

Team work is always important – it helps to have someone else to blame.

The best way to ruin a Friday is to remember that it’s Tuesday.

If at first you don’t succeed – redefine success.

I was working on some deadline jokes, but I ran out of time before I had to post this.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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17 Responses to Friday Wisdom – Working to a Deadline

  1. Dave says:

    Several groans with this list, Andrew. The very first one (“whoosh!”) may be the best of the lot.

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  2. Haha. Always good stuff, Andrew. Sorry about the shed delay. It just figures, though, right?

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  3. “A looming deadline” – ha! Good ones, all.

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  4. It seems deadlines don’t mean much any more. Delays on everything is the norm now and as someone who sticks to deadlines (I used to be a newspaper reporter/editor), I don’t like it!

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  5. jfwknifton says:

    I thought that your chosen topic of deadlines would be a very difficult one, but you’ve come up with some really, really good one liners. My own favourite was “A good excuse is as good as a finished job.”
    I will be passing that one onto the Association of British Builders” for formal adoption as their motto.

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  6. SusanR says:

    My entire working life was one deadline after another (editor). Loved this. Also going to send it to my son.

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  7. Getting ‘stuff’ seems to be a lot more complicated than it used to be. Lumber–that’s a long wait these days.

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  8. At least you’re being creative with your unwanted break!

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