Students need deadlines

As a creative person the more time I spend on a project, drawing or concept the longer I am able to perfect it. So does it seem counter productive to have deadlines? I don’t think so. You could assume that we are forced to think things through quickly which we perceive as needing more thorough consideration. But after three years of study I have realised that deadlines can be good, in fact we need them. Like many things in our lives, deadlines create a pressure that pushes us to make decisions, leaving little room for unnecessary work or unproductivity.

The student environment may feel like a bubble but deadlines prepare us for the world outside of study. As professionals our time will be valued and considered as an investment. In the professional world time wasted is a cost. How much we value our time is to some extent the value we give to what we do. The longer we spend on our work, the more expensive it becomes for those we work with and for.

As students we can be lead to believe that the longer we spend on trying to perfect something the better it will become. We might think that in the workplace we must already have a set of skills and that we are simply producing work. So how do we separate the idea that we are producing work to learn or are we learning to produce work? Therefore, the world of work and study are one and the same, and that the element that sets it apart is how we perceive what we do.

If we look at deadlines differently, if we learn to produce then we value the time that we use to be productive. Deadlines force us to make the essential moves we need to ensure we are constantly learning, and therefore constantly producing. This leaves me thinking that deadlines make us better decision makers so we are more productive in other parts of our lives. Deadlines are essential. Students become better students and professionals work more efficiently when we all learn to respect the value of time.

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