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.

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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.

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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

A Bit of Success

A Bit of Success

Today I was able to get a corrected photo id for substitute teaching in no time at all!  I got up early and remembered to phone ahead to double-check that the office was open.  I even remembered to ask if they could use the same picture(and they said yes)!  So I grabbed a banana and was out the door…I know, it’s not the breakfast of champions, but it was something to tide me over until I got back to the house.  Besides, bananas are wonderful!  Haven’t you seen Doctor Who?

Once I had my id in hand, I remembered to ACTUALLY look at it and double-check everything.  It all checked out!  Thank goodness!  I don’t know what I would have done if I had to make a third attempt at getting an id.

I also managed to remember to stop at a store and buy a cheap pair of scissors, a small box of markers, glue sticks, and dry erase markers for my substitute teaching binder.  (I also found quite a plethora of academic themed word search, crossword puzzle, and mad lib worksheets that I can use as time-fillers.  I just typed in “Free ____ Worksheets” and filled in whichever type I was looking for.)

I’m just amazed that I remembered to get all of that done without having any coffee this morning!  I have found a bit of success within the mayhem of the last few days!

 

Full-time Teachers and Substitute Teachers, do you have any suggestions as to anything else (besides the above mentioned supplies, paper, and writing utensils) that should go inside my handy binder? 

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