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Don’t miss the closing date of Chinese Writing Contest!

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 02 September 2023. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

Don’t miss the closing date of Chinese Writing Contest!

September 16, the closing date for Chinese Writing Contest 2023, is coming soon.

Don’t miss it!

And remember, it’s in Hong Kong time (GMT + 8) 🤞

I’m that kind of person who welcomes deadlines. I’m pretty sure that, if I do not have a deadline hanging there, I won’t be able to complete anything. 

That is probably why when I first heard of Parkinson’s law — the more time that you give yourself to complete a project, the more time that you will take to complete it — I felt that it was speaking to me directly.

Apparently, I’m not alone. So many people find it resonates with them. Cyril Parkinson’s 1955 article in The Economist, where he first presented this idea, has been cited again and again by so many people. That is actually how I came to know it, through others’ quoting his words. 

What Parkinson taught us is that a deadline is a good thing. A string of small deadlines are even better. Not only in work places, it’s also true for students who are teaching themselves Chinese, or for those who are writing a story to enter this Chinese Writing Contest.

Deadlines breakdown a big task into many tiny steps. And meeting each of them gives us a sense that we’ve done something. 

The opposite side, i.e., procrastination followed by missing the deadline, does not. 

There are people who argue that procrastination actually help people produce the best work, because 1) procrastination does not mean that people are staying idle. They’re actually thinking subconsciously about their projects; 2) people perform the best when under pressure. Since people don’t produce anything during procrastination, the last minute is crucial for them to complete their work. That’s enormous pressure which gives them their best performance.

That could be true for a few geniuses if they’re lucky. For most average folks like you and me, procrastination does not guarantee any last minute success. 

Moreover, procrastination could also mean that, when unexpected obstacles happen due to unforeseeable circumstances right before a deadline, you have no time to deal with it. For example, your computer might crash. Your lovely pet might create a mess. A power outage might happen. Or you might have a house guest who just shows up at your door.

Still, that’s not the worst. The worst of all is that procrastination leads to long term failure. It’s the nature of all stories that go along with the line of “could have, would have, should have”. 

The lesson to be taken away is: Don’t try to complete everything in the last minute. Try good and steady work and witness positive results. The truth is that even geniuses benefit from on-going revisions to their projects. Literary masters revisit their writing all the time before they finally let it go.

Therefore, as September 16 is approaching, I’d like to remind everyone: Don’t wait until the last day to finalise your writing! Don’t wait until the last minute to submit it! 

And you certainly don’t want any unexpected obstacles to prevent you from submitting your best work.  

Once again, don’t miss the closing date, September 16, and enjoy your writing journey!

About the Author

April Zhang

April Zhang

April Zhang is the founder of MSL Master and she enjoys teaching and interacting with students. She constantly explores new and interesting ways of teaching Chinese through creative and imaginative activities.

With her help, many students have achieved outstanding result, which has enriched their understanding about China and has significantly contributed to their work.