Battling Procrastination

“Oh, I can do it later!  I have plenty of time!”  This thought comes to mind almost every single time I receive an assignment or I attempt to set a deadline for myself.  I struggle with this on a weekly basis, if not daily.  And I know that I am not the only one.


There are plenty of surveys, tips, tricks, and advice columns on how to battle procrastination, but most of them seem to boil down to “Just buckle down and do the work!”  And you can spend HOURS and HOURS looking at all the advice and tips, which is just another added element of procrastination.

Once I am finally at my desk and in working mode, I am usually fine, but getting me to sit at my desk for the first 10-15 minutes it takes to get in the determined mode can be a challenge.  I sometimes feel like I need a guardian knight who looks extremely threatening standing over my shoulder to intimidate me into doing my work.  

This week I put off doing my readings for my grad school classes until the later part of the weekend.  Why?  Because of Labor Day.  I had an extra day to stretch things out, so I did. 

Not necessarily the best choice.



I ended up reading the assignment sheet in a hurry, reading the wrong chapter in my textbook, and having to then go back and read the correct one.  Ultimately it was a very large waste of my time and created more stress.

Procrastination leads to hurrying, panic mode, and mistakes.  I’ve done this a million times, and I still haven’t learned my lesson!

BUT!  Sometimes I use my procrastination habits for my betterment.  I updated my two page spread calendar with all of the CORRECT reading assignments and due dates for September.  I have one that stays on my desk and three that are filed in my course notebooks.  

Procrastination SOMETIMES leads to organization and cleaning.  Not often, but sometimes.


What kind of mistakes have you made when in panic mode? 

What are some of the things that you do while procrastinating?


Thanks for reading and leaving comments for me!

Ms. Turner


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Paul MacLean
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 20:10:36

    The good thing about doing the wrong chapter is that now, by luck, you are ahead of the game. I live the procrast-gene experience at times too. Teachers are great at it. There are so many things (hoops) to do it’s a constant battle what to do next like, inputting grades, which has to be done, lesson plans, etc… I’ve heard it said “To be successful, just bite off more than you can chew, then go do it.” It’s amazing what we can accomplish when given deadlines with very little time and notice. I’ve done some of my most inspired work at the last minute. I think things through too much sometimes and the push comes to the shove. And like you mentioned, I got more done because of the roll I was on, leaving me ahead of the game and ready to procrast anew. Ah…the circle returns. But… Isn’t it the greatest feeling to conquer the goals?


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