A group of us are working on a very large proposal together. We have been working on it for quite a while, and now the deadline is approaching.
Everybody has been putting a lot of effort into it over these last months. But now that we are in the final week, it is amazing how much more focus everyone has. I am reminded of my favorite quote of Samuel Johnson:
Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.’