Just last week, I gave my students a fantastic lecture on procrastination. I talked about how writing is a process and that an insightful, well-planned essay takes time to develop. I asked students to raise their hand if they wrote their paper within the last 24 hours.
Over half of my class raised their hands, most of them looking shameful while doing so. WHY do we procrastinate when we KNOW what the outcome will be?
Ive had a stack of essays in my work bag since last Thursday. I knew they were there on Friday, but decided to give myself the day off from school work. I walked past my work bag 3 times Saturday and twice on Sunday. Monday was President's Day and since campus was closed...so was I. Tuesday was more of the same, and then I woke up this morning and realized that I have class again TOMORROW!!! I let my kids watch movies all day, I gave them cookies before lunch and I passed up a nap with Addie this afternoon to get these papers done. The whole time I kept thinking, "why didn't I start grading on Friday? Why didn't I get these done over the weekend?"
And now I will spend my free time tonight (after blogging of course) going over my grading to make sure I didn't make any mistakes. I will be tired and crabby in the morning from not sleeping, which I could have avoided if I WOULDN'T HAVE PROCRASTINATED!
I'm such a hypocrite...but please don't tell my students :-)