How I Lost My Life in 24 Hours8:00 AM
|The Unexpected Paper Prompt|
You might recall that Bailey is a J. She gets a little very much panicky without her planner by her side. As long as Bailey enters her appointments and deadlines into her planner, her life magically goes well.
This past week Bailey encountered little hiccups in her well-ordered life. She purposefully ignored her phone instead of checking it every two seconds to see what time it was. She pursued some unnecessary writing and reading instead of working on her paper. She chatted with friends and answered blog comments instead of working on her paper. In case you haven't caught on, Bailey had a paper due Friday at 5 PM. It was entered into her planner. All would be well. After all, isn't "procrastination" a code word for "living life"? (Hint: it actually is for college students. Just wait.)
Thursday morning, Bailey finished up the outline for a research paper due at the end of the semester. Like the excellent student she was, she then opened her unfinished religion paper due at 5 PM the next day and felt discouraged that it hadn't magically completed itself. "I'll check my email," she said to herself. "That'll make me feel better."
In her inbox, she found this gem of encouragement: "Just a reminder to you all that CCA papers are due tomorrow at 5 PM."
CCA paper. Due tomorrow.
Nobody told her this. Nobody sent an email, nobody complained about it, and most importantly nobody entered it into her planner.
Two papers due at 5 PM on Friday? Neither of them finished? One of them she'd never heard of? That was unheard of. It was 5:15ish on a Thursday afternoon. She had less than 24 hours to write eleven pages.
Her response was, naturally, to cry a little. Just a little. Just enough to make her say, out loud, "No. I can do this. All I need to do is not freak out and drink a Coke."
And for the past 24 hours, that's exactly what she did.
This Coke was in celebration of her successful paper-writing. And to keep her awake.
What's your worst deadline mishap?
And isn't Cherry Coke the best thing ever?
(Answer: No. Vanilla Coke's better.)