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January 15, 2006

Does Procrastination Affect Your ESL Teaching?

"The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day." ~ Abraham Lincoln

TESL persons,

Are you procrastinators? Do you find yourself rushing to prepare the lesson for your class an hour ahead of time? If this sounds like you, there is probably a lot of unnecessary stress in your life.

Procrastination is something that a lot of us deal with, but did you know that with some quick behavioral changes, you can kick this habit? Just think—no more rushing to grade those papers at the last minute. No more getting your travel documents approved—with 2 minutes to spare!

The first thing you need to do is decide upon your goal. Let’s say that it’s to prepare your class one day ahead of time. Now, you’ll simply need to put yourself on a reward/punishment program and stick to it! If you accomplish the goal, take yourself out for pizza, or give yourself some other treat. But, if you don’t, you should take away something of importance—like that extra cup of coffee in the morning, or that dessert at lunch—in order to feel the consequences of not following through. If you take truly want to stop procrastination and learn to manage your time better, you should seriously consider doing something about it, because if you don’t, the behavior will only continue.

One more thing; don’t wait until tomorrow to start!

Until next time,


Posted by msimmons at January 15, 2006 09:58 PM

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