Stress and Procrastination

I procrastinate.  There is no doubt in my mind.  It was a part of my life when I was a full-time student.  It is a part of my life now as an instructor, parent, house-owner, volunteer, and general go-about-life individual.  Somehow, though, things always get done and get done on time.  I do not like being late and lateness is not an option for me.  The idea of being late is stressful to me.  Just under the wire is, however, acceptable.  This is why I enjoyed this TED talk by Ted Urban so much.  It really encouraged me to reflect on this character trait.  Is it a flaw?!?  I think it serves some purpose.  When I get down to work, I am focused and determined.  If I have too much time I tend to dawdle and get distracted.  That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!!

I wonder if my students procrastinate?  My students come to class to learn how to communicate more effectively.  They want and need those skills in their lives.  I believe that most of the procrastination evident in my students happens before they commit to register for Speechreading.  That is not uncommon.  Research tells us that people typically wait 7-10 years from the time they first notice a problem with their hearing until they actually do something about it.  When they find the Speechreading course and learn how to understand and cope with their hearing loss, they bemoan taking so long to finally make the commitment to act earlier.  I’ll share the TED talk with them, but really, I’d like to share it with everyone who has not taken that step yet– so they learn the skills and improve their connection with others sooner!

If you want to see more from Ted Urban, take a look at his blog.  Here’s one of his posts that talks about the decisions we make of how to spend our time on a daily basis.


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