Meeting my deadline. Oh my God the daily stresses of meeting my deadline. My next deadline is August 17, 2011 at 12 am. Why that early? Because I have to forward it to the owner of the blog in order to post it. And then I guess she will give me the information for posting. How important is a deadline? When you have one to get your book to the publisher it is very important. In fact, that this deadline may be the very one that makes you a lot of money might make a world of difference to you and your pocketbook.
As a paralegal/secretary you have to meet the deadlines in accordance with the rules of the courts. Although you can ask for extension in your time to answer you must meet that deadline. For interrogatory answers it is I believe 60 days, for notice to produce it is 30 days, for an independent medical examination you are given a date to have the appointment and then you are allowed to switch the date with a fee for a missed appointment until it becomes a court ordered appointment. And then you face court ordered sanctions if you fail to attend and it is possible that the court may not allow you to enter into evidence any medical information pertaining to the said injury.
As a teacher you face deadlines that you create for your class as well as state mandated dates for the continuation of your tenure as a teacher. As a student we are given deadlines for papers, projects and other things. Deadlines are in everything we do.
I am going to draw your attention to an article that I wrote in another blog called Time Management in http://www.teribelle.wordpress.com. In it the piece gives what I hope to be good ways of managing your time so that those deadlines are met. I had to learn to better manage my time in order to do my job whether as a secretary or a paralegal better. And I learned how it all came together in my job as a secretary for the General Counsel of an insurance company. And I found out also that I like being on the peripheral of the law case as oppose to in the meet of it. By that I mean I like sending you the information that you need to use in your defense or prosecution of the case.
Taking what is said in that article one step further your deadline for the publisher might be say by August 2012. That gives you one year to complete your book for publication. And my understanding because I have only been published on the internet and the book that I wrote is print on demand (you ask and I make you a book that you pay for) I am not completely knowledgeable of the ins and outs of publishing. But your publisher may have you rewrite a portion of your novel. This will then push back the date that your book is published. So you have some finger biting still to do with your deadline even after you hand in your finished manuscript. But it will be worth the wait to see your finished project.
And I can’t wait to pick it up to read.