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...
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......
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. "
Have a great weekend!