Well, this weekend is the final weekend to complete progress reports in my district. All reports are to be completed on online and ready for parents' eyes by Tuesday at midnight. So of course I have been overwhelmed with writing reports and combing through student work all weekend right? Well… no! Yesterday, I spent ALL afternoon playing around online figuring out my new blog, my first post and looking to see how my kids were doing on their first day of the challenge. In the evening I went to see my daughter perform in the La Bayadere Grimm: Unraveled. It was a BEAUTIFUL performance the girls are all so dedicated and graceful. (I am sure I will write about being the mom of dancer in one of these 31 posts.)
But today is a day that deserves a post all it's own. Today is the day I perfected procrastination. If your anything like me (and apparently all my teacher friends on Facebook) progress reports are a great motivator to do EVERYTHING except progress reports! Somehow cleaning the bathroom that was fine a few days ago when you went to the movie MUST be cleaned right now! And, that laundry well it's not going to fold it's self and why ask your kids or husband to step in, they deserve their day off. So you take one for the team and clean the bathroom and fold the laundry and immediately after that you WILL start the reports.
Just as you head into the quiet room of the house to get down to the reports you realize you really haven't spent much time with your daughter, she's 17 and will be going off to college soon. So you decide to go in the family room to work. You can do both, sit with her, have casual conversation and work…right? Well no, she's watching reality TV and somehow you just get pulled in, next thing you know you and your daughter are talking about the show and laughing together! Reports continue to wait patiently they understand the importance of this time.
All right, the shows over and your daughter pulls out her book bag. OK, this is it time to get busy! But, maybe you should stop by Facebook before you get going, you might find some motivation there. Oh, look all your friends are commenting about all they've done today to avoid the inevitable time when they commit to their reports. So you post a comment and then next thing you know you stumble on a link to a Slice of Life post! Oh, how could that have slipped my mind? You have a post to write! OK, this will be THE FINAL distraction. So you agree to write your post, it doesn't have to be fancy or anything, your new to this, it's early in the challenge and you have reports patiently waiting.
You open your blog and uh… uh… Oh, lets Google procrastination. Oh, Look at that cute visual teaching the world how NOT to procrastinate. Hmmm, where are your colored pencils, what have YOU done today TO procrastinate?
I would LOVE to hear how you have perfected the art of procrastination and all you have accomplished along the way, it really is an art form!