Saturday, September 4, 2010

Incubation

Well it's Labor day weekend. The weather has turned cool and it seems like it's October not the beginning of September.

I am attempting to prepare for my classes next week and I am procrastinating with a capital P.  I only have a few days left before I start teaching and I have no motivation to do anything.

My dining room table looks like I am busy. My books are open, my powerpoint is up, and  ready to be revised...








I even have my TA's helping me out!

But I haven't done squat. I am surfing the web, twittering and facebooking instead. Oh, and writing this blog entry too! Anything to get out of reading about pregnancy induced hypertension.

Good old Wikipedia defines procrastination as...."the counterproductive deferment of actions or tasks to a later time.....While it is regarded as normal for people to procrastinate to some degree, it becomes a problem when it impedes normal functioning. "

OK- I knew that.  Read further...

"Chronic procrastination may be a sign of an underlying psychological disorder..... "the psychological causes of procrastination vary greatly, but generally surround issues of anxiety, low sense of self-worth, and a self-defeating mentality."

YIKES!!!!!   And here I thought I was just being a lazy slug. When in fact I might be a lazy slug with a deeper problem.


Okay. So I don't procrastinate all the time. Most people don't.  I did a bit more searching on the web (more procrastination) and found that maybe I am an "incubator" and not a procrastinator.

 What's an incubator?  Well it's not this......




or this..........

  
 According  to an article by Dr.Robert Biswas-Diener.... "Procrastinators may have a habit of putting off important work. They may not ever get to projects or leave projects half finished. Importantly, when they do complete projects, the quality might be mediocre as a result of their lack of engagement or inability to work well under pressure.  Incubators were (those).....who had superior-quality work but who also worked at the last moment, under pressure, motivated by a looming deadline. "
 
Incubation + Pressure= Superior work

So the next time someone calls you a worthless, lazy, goldbricking, procrastinating slob, you can say "au contraire."
Tell them you are a worthless, lazy, goldbricking, incubating slob!

Telling someone you are incubating is much more impressive than saying you are procrastinating. 
 
Check out these flashdancers dancing to Joy Division's "Incubation."

Have a great weekend!

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