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Procrastinator’s Lament

Did you know procrastination is a four letter word? Yep, it’s true. At least it is for those millions of us who have been stricken with this sickness for most of our lives. According to the professionals (aka those with the affliction), it is a genetic thing. Passed down through the ages from parent to child. In my case, it was a dual disaster – both parents had an abundant supply to share with their children. We’re talking world class, here, friends.

I grew up learning the best (read quickest) places to hide our accumulation of stuff from the time a visitor pulled up into the driveway to when they knocked on the door – the oven is handy for kitchen clutter (do not use the oven if they are staying for dinner); the washing machine can hold a massive amount number of items and the bedroom doors are never to be opened when guests are in the house.

Now, according to psychologists, procrastination is a result of perfectionism. Their theory is that because we want things to be perfect, we shy away from the idea of not making it so. Therefore, if we put things off and they don’t come out ‘perfectly’, we can always blame the fact that we didn’t have enough time. Sort of a self-fulfilling prophesy.

Unfortunately, that has a tendency to roll over into my school life. Not that I’m not thinking about the assignment. No, I’m just cogitating on the best way to complete it. And it needs thought. Lots and lots of thought. And then it needs research on the computer. I’m good at research – there’s just so much good information out there. Therein lays the problem. I accumulate stuff on my computer like we used to accumulate stuff in my home. Which is a good thing up to a point, but then it all has to be perused for said school project which takes more time. Usually, I over research and the perusal takes much longer than anticipated. (Does any of this sound familiar to you guys? Oh, good, I’m not alone).

It always comes together in the end, even if it means I stay up until 4:30 am to make sure it does. Not a good way to live health-wise or life-wise. So, I’m going to attempt to help you and myself overcome the problem by setting down some rules:

  1. Realize that even if given plenty of time, the due date will arrive sooner than you can imagine.
  2. Start thinking/researching/working on it as soon as it is assigned.
  3. If necessary, use ‘bubble’ blocking to see what ideas fit together in a reasonable way.
  4. Narrow your topic to include only those ideas (helps to keep from being overwhelmed).
  5. Outline your choices, ideas, actions. You know, Roman numeral I, capital A, lower case ‘a’, regular 1, etc. (just remember that every item goes in pairs – A I needs a II, an A needs a B, an ‘a’ needs a ‘b’. Yes, I know we don’t like to do this, but I’ve found that if I do this, the project almost writes itself.
  6. Plan on completing said project at least a few days early and forget about it. This will give your subconscious a chance to figure out if you’ve said all you wanted/needed to say.
  7. Do the final edit the day before based on what your mind has come up with.
  8. Viola! A complete project without stress or excess adrenalin ruining your heart or other organs and a project you can be proud to own.

Now, how about we all join together and start up a self-help group to work on overcoming this pernicious dis-ease? I’ll get back to you on that….tomorrow.

Let the Summer Begin!

Ahh, the glorious joy of completing finals and being Out-Of-School for 4 whole weeks! I had to wait to post about this because I needed to process the fact that I am really, truly free from book “larnin’”, at least for a little while. It really didn’t hit me until this Monday when I realized that I didn’t have to get up to go to my 8 am class on Tuesday. Hurray!!

Don’t get me wrong, I love school. I love learning (think I’ve said that a time or two), but this freedom is wonderful, it’s marvelous, it’s invigorating. Now, I’m set on filling up the time, glorious time, I have to do what I want without the specter of a test looming over me.

For those who are wondering, I aced my Speech class, learned an awesome amount in my computer class and decided that Macroeconomics is a class I’m glad I’m through. Got A’s in them all ; not sure how to rate a class when the average score on the mid-term was a 60. I have no idea what the final test’s average was, but I got a 76 on it. I am very grateful that our blogs were heavily weighted in the overall scheme of things (thank you, Dr. Fleury).

 

Now, let’s see what’s on that list I need to take care of:

Paint the inside of the house

Declutter

Get said house ready to go on the market

Sort, price and post all of my homeschooling supplies and curriculum online. I know it’s been several years since we’ve used it, just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Put my Bosch Food Processor up for sale and get out my brand new Kitchen Aid Processor (gift to myself for my report card – I thought it was well deserved, right? After all, the kids get perks for their good grades, why shouldn’t the mommies?)

Interview for a part time position with a bank; since my degree will be in Financial Management, I figure I should get a head start in the field.

 Whew, I think I’ll take a breather now. Wonder how many of these will be completed by Aug. 22nd when classes start again? Anyone want to hold me accountable?  

Blessings on you and yours. I appreciate you.

One down, two to go.

Wah Hoo!! I am finished one of my classes for the summer session, Introduction to Computers. I’m glad it’s finished on one hand, but sad on the other because my professor has so much more to impart.That is the main trouble with 8 week sessions – there’s just not enough time to really learn.

In addition to that is the fact that there were people in the class who didn’t know how to turn on the computer nor how to load a disk and who didn’t even know what a mouse was.  Seriously, there needs to be a sublevel Intro class, don’t you think?

As a homeschool mom, I was inundated with statistics on how repetition was the key to true learning. After all, how much can one really learn if a project or report is only completed one time? Trust me, not a lot. That’s why the book for the class isn’t going back to the college bookstore but will live on my shelf of useful tomes…as opposed to all of the un-useful books I’ve collected over the last few many, many years.

I have learned a lot in this class, and ended up with an “A” (go, me!), but I think I shall try to see where I can add some more computer classes because they are just so much fun.

It Paid for My Class Today!

I love learning. Did I say that before? Well, it is just so much fun to learn something new and exciting, or new and illuminating. or new and ….. well, most anything as long as it’s NEW!

Today I learned two tricks to use with the Word 2010 program that pretty much paid me for taking the class. This is a class they wouldn’t let me CLEP (take a test instead of the class and just get the credit) and I am so glad they wouldn’t. If you don’t like to write much, it may not be that special to you, but for me, it is gonna save me so much time! And for free, I’m going to share it with you! (Aren’t you glad you visited my site now?)

Ok, here it is:

When in Word 2010, after typing your sentences or paragraphs, if you want to change ANYTHING (here’s the first hint):

1. Click on the word or line you want to change, but, in the case of a whole line or paragraph, TRIPLE click (really fast) and the whole line or paragraph will be highlighted. You can then do whatever format change you want to do (change size, color, italicize it, etc.) all at once, without that annoying ‘click and drag’ thing that I always lose in the middle of the paragraph anyway.

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2.  If you’ve written your text all out before formatting (a trick we learned today) but part of it needs to be in all CAPITALS, highlight the word, line or paragraph as per the above, and then go to the ribbon at the top of the page and in the second section (labeled Font), find the double Aa’s and click on the drop down arrow. There are a number of choices from which to choose – all lower case, all CAPS (what really got me excited), capitalize the first letter of each word (think research paper or book report titles here) and a few more.

Now, class that is your freebie for today. Go forth and edit something!!

Blessings.

Welcome!

Calming View

Welcome to my first blog ever. I have set it up so that my MacroEconomics classmates can just click on the tab to visit my classroom site. If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to, kindly and politely, let me know how I can make it more of a fun experience for you.

I will be blogging various musings, thoughts and possible rants periodically here – join in the discussion! I heartily believe that we learn more together than slaving away on our own. The blog may change as I get more familiar with the various choices I have, but it will hopefully always make you smile and feel better about yourself as a part of this wonderfully interesting world in which we live.

Blessings to all.