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The best advice I’ve heard in a long time

From one of the many great English professors on campus: When you’re asked to participate in something or do something or write something, and the deadline is farther away than the next couple of weeks, answer as if the deadline were this week. Too often we think we’ll be able to do whatever-it-is because that far away, all of this week’s fires will have been put out and there will be vast stretches of time to accomplish the task. In reality, new fires will always crop up. So answer as if it’s this week.

Uh… to the people who’ve asked me to do things recently? I’m still planning to do those things. Really, I am.