This is a Really Real Mental Health Post.
It’s also really really a procrastination post as I’m supposed to be doing school work right now and I just can’t settle my brain into that task.
You see, when I started this class, the teacher had a syllabus with a calendar. On that calendar were due dates, nicely laid out in black and white. This is a five week class, lots of work, short period of time. Four modules due this week, two the next, three the week after that. A few case studies. It didn’t look like too much, honestly. The teacher seems to grade pretty easily.
And then in the second week they make an announcement.
“I want to clarify some things about the due dates. This this and this are due then, and this and this are due then. But really, work at your own pace as long as everything is turned in by the end of class, the due dates are just to help you stay on track to complete things with minimal stress.”
A procrastinators worst nightmare.
No real due dates.
Yesterday I was going to work on school work.
But I really needed to mail this thing, and the post office was at the mall, and I really needed some downtime to walk around, and then I needed to window shop because I was there anyway, and well, now it’s getting too late to take another Ritalin and you know I can’t focus without Ritalin, and, and, and.
And then today I was going to do school work, but first I needed to clean the kitchen and make some breakfast and really I can’t focus in a messy house, and let me check on this first, and I need to set up my rides for mobility before I forget again, and I need to menu plan before we spend too much on food, and my anxiety is really high so maybe a Ritalin isn’t the greatest idea right now, and we’re leaving soon for a derby thing so maybe I should just . . .
I know what I need to do. I’ve done most of the reading and I’ve even written two modules worth of work in my head. I just need to put fingers to keys (in the digital classroom . . . not here).
But it’s so hard to just
What if I’m not perfect. What if I post to the discussion board and I don’t have just the right information. What if the other students laugh at me (throw back to the 90’s). What if I don’t get an A.
But also, everything else just seems more interesting, even cleaning the bathroom. Self directed is HARD when there isn’t a set in stone deadline looming directly overhead.
This is some really real procrastination. This is really really going to bite me in the ass if I don’t get my ass in gear.
I know better, I can do better, I am better than this.
Maybe it’s time to actually do what I’ve been talking about avoiding this entire time. Maybe I should pull up my class, pull up a word document, and write something that will actually help me work towards my ultimate goals.
But first . . .
I just need to . . .