Thursday, September 06, 2007

On Deadlines

When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
- Samuel Johnson
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I came across this quotation one fine morning when I logged on to one of the servers at work.

The thread of thoughts that followed, as the meaning of the statement began to unfold :

When you have an exam tomorrow, you are all focussed and determined to get the content of the entire thousand page book into your head. Amazing, it is possible over night, when you could not do the same over six long months or a semester as they call in college...

When you have a project deadline tomorrow, you are all glued to desk and bent upon getting that code work right. Amazing, it is possible over night, when you could not manage it in the last one week you had for the same task...

We have known of "weakest of the weak" gaining strength on the verge of adversity...

In the scheme of things, the quote sounds and seems correct....... :) Is that why "Time line" for a task at work is gazetted as "Dead Line"... ?? :) Just may be.. :)

Makes me wonder... what would be our reaction if we know for a fact that the world is going to come to an end tomorrow? What all will we manage in a day's time? Love, Hate, Prayer, Fate, Wishes, Parents, Friends, Children, Parties, Movies, Games, Books, Drinks, Phone calls? ..... Can't tell... :)

What kind of things would the mind concentrate on?? :) We never know :)

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