I admit that I am a major procrastinator. As a teacher, this is a particularly tricky quality to have. For example, right now I should be grading papers or polishing my lesson plans for tomorrow; instead, I'm blogging about my procrastination. Oh, the irony! I always have such good intentions when it comes to getting my work done early, but I never seem to be able to sit down ahead of time & do it. I need the added pressure of a time crunch to help really light the proverbial fire under me. With all this in mind, I thought it would be interesting to see how many of you out there are living, breathing, successful procrastinators. We do exist. Perhaps we can all form a support group & offer each other advice on how to live as a procrastinator. To start things off, I've made a hand-full of tips & tricks of my own. Please feel free to add your own in the comments.
How to be a Successful Procrastinator:
1. Stay organized. Above all else, I think that's the number one rule for a successful procrastinator. If you're going to put things off until the last minute, the last thing you need is to be fumbling around looking for things that you need in order to complete the task at hand. That combined with ALSO being on a time crunch could equal a major disaster. I myself like to keep a planner with all my TO-DO's & deadlines. That way I know when something absolutely MUST get accomplished. And, it (almost) always does!
2. Stop blaming others for your procrastination. You did this to yourself. Stop blaming it on the dog or the laundry or the boyfriend or dinner or the amazing Thursday night TV show line-up. You chose to procrastinate that project/paper/etc. Deal with the consequences!
3. Don't freak the freak out. I've made this mistake a million times. You realize that your big project that you've hardly started is due in t-minus however-many hours & you begin to freak out. Stop right there. You're wasting valuable time & energy. If you're a true procrastinator, you should thrive under the pressure. Don't let it break you. Suck it up & crank it out, baby!
4. Prioritize! This is actually an easy task for procrastinators. All you have to do is figure out what absolutely MUST get done within the next day/hour/minute & put that at the top of the priority list. Boom. Done. See? This is easy.
5. Quality control. Now, people might assume that procrastinators are compromising the quality of their work since they are typically on a time crunch when accomplishing tasks. This, my fellow procrastinators, is why you must be vigilant about making sure the quality of your work is at a premium. Check over your numbers, commas, spelling, & what-have-you. Have another procrastinator proof-read your work while they are putting off doing some of their own. Make sure to not let something slip! This is essential.
Alright. That's all I've got for you. Now, I really must get started on this stack of papers. Riiiight after I watch a couple DVR'd episodes of Cupcake Wars!