Friday, 11 April 2014

Word of the Week

Hosted as always by Jocelyn of The Reading Residence, the Word of the Week Linky is an opportunity to reflect on the last seven days and sum your week up in a single word.  For me, this week was dominated with trying to finish up a stack of various different types of projects, and having to manipulate myself to make this happen (and I don't mean in a dirty way!), so my Word of the Week is


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dead·line   (dĕd′līn′)
1. A time limit, as for payment of a debt or completion of an assignment.
2. A boundary line in a prison that prisoners can cross only at the risk of being shot.

tr.v. dead·lined, dead·lin·ing, dead·lines
To govern by setting a time limit: "He was never going to be deadlined by a day, or even a month" (New Yorker).
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

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     (sourced here)

I'm one of those people who has to have a deadline.  Otherwise, I don't do it.  Whatever it is.  It took a while for me to figure this out - two years of A levels, three years of fulltime uni, two years of part time, then about a year into four years of Open University courses I realised that until I could see that end date written in on the calender I had absolutely no impetus to start the work, never mind finish it.

Even babies (although my timekeeping did improve with practice) - Smiler was three weeks late, Noah was one week late, and Petal was only five days overdue.  All their due dates were determined by scans, so it's not even as though my dates were off!

So, with the children off school my time has been much less my own, and I wanted to make sure the time that I did have was used sensibly.

So I set myself deadlines.

I had a couple of project bags on the go as I'd realised my pile of half finished wooly projects at the side of the sofa had grown almost as high as the arm of the sofa.  See my squewed logic there?  Rather than finish the projects, I made bags to store them in more tidily.  So anyway, I decided that the four bags had to be completely finished by the end of Monday, and they were.

Then as one blanket grew it no longer fitted in even the biggest bag, so I gave myself until the end of Wednesday to finish the blanket, which I did.

Next I went through the pile of books I'm in the process of reading, and decided I had to finish one before starting the next new one - I think five books in rotation are plenty, don't you?  And so I did.  (In fact I finished two) ... (and started two new ones ... oops!)

I have another deadline looming, imposed by someone other than myself - well, kinda - I'm watching a program on Sky that I didn't see from the beginning (no, not Game of Thrones!), and all the series - all 8 of them - are available on demand, but only until the 21st - pressure or what!

And Smiler needs a bag to keep his pe stuff in at school, and I found some amazing fabric online and couldn't resist, so that's another deadline - he goes back on Tuesday (23rd maybe?) and I've told him he can take his new bag with him ... like I said, I need the pressure!

So, what word sums up your week?

The Reading Residence

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And if you skipped the deadline definition, just check out the prison related use of the word...

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  1. I do like a deadline myself. I enjoy working under pressure, so can relate! Sounds like you're making good progress, too! Thanks for joining in with #WotW x

  2. I am a procastinator and deadlines the only way for me to do things too. Otherwise id wait till its too late. A nice post! #wotw


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