The tyranny of deadlines

3 min readFeb 21
Stopwatches floating in a blue ground
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

For most of my working life, my time was governed by deadlines. First as a journalist, the filing deadline — stories that missed it were useless and “old news”. Then as a tv researcher and production assistant — we lived by the clock, and I learned to back-time commercial breaks to the second with my trusty stopwatch (this was before cell phones).


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