Why Deadlines are Helpful

No matter what’s in the news, I’m staying focused on work. The election, the economy, the war–all disturbing stuff. But obsessing surely makes it worse. This week, I am facing a staggering round of deadlines. Good!

I recently discovered the etymology of the word “deadline.” During the Civil War, there was a POW camp at Andersonville, Georgia. A wartime shortage of building materials meant the camp had no fence around it. So to keep the prisoners inside, the general in charge ordered that a line be drawn the dirt encircling the camp. He told the prisoners that this was the “deadline” meaning if they crossed it, they would be shot on sight.

Deadline…under the gun…serious words for keeping busy, blissfully busy.