Monday, October 1, 2012

Eulogy for a deadline

We are gathered here today to witness the passing of yet another deadline.

September 30th was a dearly-loved deadline and one which added much-needed urgency to thesis writing. Right until its timely end it continued to motivate and drive writing. Its sacrifice has and will continue to make the thesis a better, more thorough document, and ultimately increases its chances of being successful.  In remembering this submission date, at this time we also remember March 30th and June 30th, deadlines who have passed but are not forgotten.

Please join me in a minute's silence in honour of this and all deadlines which have passed for the greater purpose of the PhD.


  1. So, did you meet your deadline? Well, from the looks of it, you really appreciate deadlines. Well, for other people it can be a motivator to them, especially working on phd dissertations like yours. Anyway, I do hope everything went well with your thesis project.

  2. Well I suppose I met the next deadline, which was Christmas, by 5 days! Every deadline you have to treat as if you're absolutely going to meet it, but then not be overwhelmed with guilt when you find out it probably wasn't a realistic deadline and the work takes twice (thrice) as long as you expected.