I don’t know how bright I am admitting to this on a work blog, but I’m going to do it anyway: I am what I like to call a productive procrastinator. Now I can hear you adding this to my catalog of faults I’ve admitted to in this blog. (Kim has a messy desk, she may or may not have feasted on paste as a child, and she procrastinates!) But, in my defense, a productive procrastinator is much better than a regular old procrastinator. Let me give you an example. Yesterday, I really needed to clean the refrigerator. (Check out the photo of said fridge at left.) I hate cleaning the fridge with a passion that burns like a thousand suns. I would rather clean the bathroom, and that’s saying a lot. So to avoid the dreaded fridge, I cleaned the rest of the kitchen, I did laundry, I hung some pictures I’ve been meaning to hang, I straightened up the craft room, and I dust-mopped the floor. My house looks great! But the fridge is still filled with random plastic containers of mystery items and out-of-date sour cream. Do you see what I’m saying? I’m productive, but I procrastinate.
I did this when I taught as well. When I was dreading planning the next science lesson, I would cut out the 50 snowman pieces I needed for a craft, plan a new bulletin board, or vacuum the classroom rug.
Are you a productive procrastinator? Or (gasp) just a good old-fashioned procrastinator? Or are you one of those admirable individuals who dives right into annoying tasks?