Cunning tricksters: A comedic rant about deadlines


15 September 2023 by WTF Notebooks

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Let’s talk about the very thing that brings me here today, on the precipice of irony, as I sit before my keyboard, battling my own procrastinating tendencies, and chuckling at the cosmic joke that I had to write a miniscule amount of time left before publishing.

Yes, we’re talking about deadlines – the whip-cracking taskmasters that keep us from descending into the abyss of procrastination, like a superhero with an alarm clock instead of a cape.

You know they are there, looming over you like a storm cloud that chases you towards productivity, yet they always manage to creep up in the last minute to hit you with lightning.

Let’s call it the paradox of productivity. It's like deadlines are the sadistic puppeteers of our lives, pulling our strings to dance to their chaotic tune. They dangle the carrot of motivation in front of us, but it's always just out of reach, like a cruel game of deadline-roulette. Will I finish in time, or will I crash and burn in a spectacular blaze of missed opportunities?

But it gets better: It seems to be a universal law that deadlines MUST be on a Friday. Yes, indeed, the grand finale of the workweek. Friday, my friends, is a sacred day reserved for weekend vibes and happy hours, not for last-minute panics and frantic coffee consumption!

Speaking of coffee, have you noticed how deadlines can turn even the most refined caffeine connoisseur into a jittery, over-caffeinated mess? Suddenly, you find yourself chugging espresso shots like a frat boy at a keg party, desperately hoping that the sheer force of caffeine will transform you into a productivity powerhouse.

But for all my griping and grousing, I must admit there's a strange beauty in the chaos of deadlines. They force us to tap into our hidden reserves of creativity, to think on our feet, to become masters of the eleventh-hour dash. We do need them – just not on a Friday.

Where else would I find the adrenaline and motivation to craft this masterpiece of an rant, if not for the relentless pursuit of deadlines?

So, here's to you, deadlines, you cunning tricksters, you relentless taskmasters. We may curse your name, but we also owe you a debt of gratitude for pushing us to achieve greatness, one last-minute scramble at a time.

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