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Deadlines are Really, Really Important

Glenn Rohrbacker

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Whether you like it or not, deadlines are what make the world go ‘round. Deadlines are important for many reasons, but many people don’t know how deadlines can actually help with productivity, rather than cause stress and anxiety.

Deadlines have their pros and cons in any discipline, like business, creative, and even specifically for students.

As students, there are many things that we need to do on a deadline. Essays, tests, projects, applications, forms, etc. are all commonplace to run through our minds all day.

But, do we ever stop to wonder why these deadlines are so important and why they are labeled as so crucial to our success?

Deadlines can push you to accomplish a goal. As someone who procrastinates frequently, I realized that the closer I am to a deadline, the harder I work to make sure the product is the best it can be. It can also help you think about what it will take to accomplish that goal and how much you will have to invest in a particular project.

Accomplishing goals on time also shows how you can work in a fast-paced environment and on a time table. Proving this skill can help in future jobs or internships in pleasing coworkers and supervisors.

Deadlines can also help prioritize the tasks you have to complete. As college students, we obviously have a lot going on at one time. Having that due date presented to you with an assignment will help you realize that you need to have this done before your midterm project, and help you budget your time to make sure you’re doing what you need to do when you need to do it.

Obviously, we can’t control when deadlines are set for us, which are usually the most important ones. But setting deadlines for yourself can help with productivity and efficiency when stuck to.

When deadlines are set for us, it is important to stick to them, because although they may cause stress, the fallout afterward can be even worse if not completed.

For example, not submitting an assignment on time usually results with deducted points. Not handing in an application on time will result in not being considered for a job or internship.

Also, if you’re in an RSO on campus, you are responsible to comply with the re-recognition process put together by CSELO and USGA. The deadline this year was September 30, and any club that didn’t complete the required procedures be that date would be suspended.

So, although it’s a lot of work and takes time to complete by the set deadline, the result is much worse.

We had to write this article, because WE missed our deadline.

Glenn Rohrbacker, Editor-in-Chief

Glenn Rohrbacker is a junior at the University of New Haven studying communications with a concentration in journalism and minors in Political Science...

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