March SOLC–Day 14
Years ago I came up with the term “Productive Procrastination.” This is the term I use when I have a million things I really should do, but opt to do other things instead. Now, the critical difference from simple procrastination is that the things I choose to do instead must be productive;however, sadly, they still don’t eliminate anything from my To-Do list. For example, if I have a stack of math assessments to grade, I might clean the bathroom instead. Or maybe bake cookies. Or weed in the garden. The math assessments are still looming when I finish, but I still got something productive done. It’s a bit twisted I suppose and it usually ends up ultimately adding to my stress level, but it’s what I do. On the plus side, there’s always the perk of a clean bathroom, a weeded garden, or cookies to eat. Yesterday, I was a master at Productive Procrastination.
Yesterday I should have: finished report card comments, finished entering grades, written a thank you note, organized tax papers to send to my accountant, and written lesson plans.
Here’s what I did instead:
Hmmm….everyone’s home for spring break. I bet they’d enjoy a nice breakfast. It’s still early.
Whipped up some blueberry pancakes and bacon for breakfast
It’s going to be a crazy week. I should make sure I have something yummy for lunch. I’ll start working on comments after this.
Made a batch of spicy peanut noodles
Oh! Look at this recipe. I forgot all about this salad. I could start grading science notebooks but if I make this now, I’d have two choices for lunch this week.
Threw together a wild rice edamame salad
Let’s see. If I throw potatoes in now to bake, I could make Twice-Bakeds for dinner. We haven’t had those in a long time! I still have time to get some work done later.
Cooked up some Twice-Baked Potatoes
Wow! Look at all this food. But there’s nothing sweet. Hmmmm….it’ll only take me a few minutes to make some granola bars. I could even bring some to work and everyone would be so happy!
Mixed up a batch of my all-time favorite granola bars
Wow! It’s gorgeous outside. It would be a shame if I didn’t get outside today. It’s supposed to rain later this week and I’m sure I’ll have renewed energy to tackle grades when I get back.
So I …
went for a quick run.
Did you notice the brilliant rationalization along the way? Can you tell how much I didn’t want to face report cards and taxes? So, tonight I’m doomed! But my lunches will be great this week! That’s classic Productive Procrastination.