Monday, May 25, 2009

Things to Improve: Stop Procrasti . . . oh shiny

At the moment, I'm taking a bit of time to reflect on where I want to improve and what I'm doing well. You can find the master list of reflections here.

Stop Procrastinating

Strangely enough, I have put this post off. My very bad procrastination habit does this to me a lot. I get worked up about something, deliberately put it to the side or the back of my mind, beat myself up because I haven't done it yet and then do it at the last moment - often not doing as well as I can.

Some of it has to do with perfectionism and anxiety. Some with this little laziness only my nearest and dearest really see. But it's not helpful. At all.

Instead it gets me into trouble - or feeling like I will be in trouble all the time. This sense of dread hangs over me like some sort of musty blanket and I find myself unable to sleep/feel relaxed.

I really think this is somewhere where jumping in the deep end won't help. Instead I need to take it a bit slower - make one achievement at a time. At the moment, I'm focusing on writing things down - if they're there in front of me, they're harder to put to the back of my mind.

I realise now, that I haven't mentioned teaching at all here. But procrastination affects that too - I put off planning or making resources or arranging special events. I make it difficult for myself at the last minute - making me more stressed in the classroom. And I'm probably passing on some bad habits to my own perfectionists.

So - step, by step - one foot in front of the other.

How do you get around procrastination?



  1. I love your blog- the reflection and teaching ideas, and have subscribed via Google Reader.
    re procrastination-
    Most people who know me would not believe I have any problem in this area. I make lists, set all my time pieces 3 minutes ahead, and make myself accountable to others. My accountability to others forces me to set a deadline and brings in another motivation- not wanting to let a person or group down.

  2. Thanks for the kind words :)

    I am constantly amazed by the power of a simple list. I think it has something to do with being able to cross things off.