One of my biggest problems in school, college, and many Air Force schools was "picking the subject" for a speech, research paper, book report, etc. Many times I'd have several days, coupla weeks or a month, maybe, to get an assignment done and couldn't/wouldn't decide on a subject until a day or two before the due date (a few times the day or even the night before), but I never received less than an "A" on any of 'em. Just imagine how much more fun it all coulda been if I had not procrastinated so.

My procrastination, though, has led (indirectly - strongly contributed, anyway) to the outstanding academic accomplishments of my three grandchildren thus far. When each of 'em was in about second or third grade, I had serious talks with 'em about the importance of getting homework and other assignments done early. Keep up with homework every day, day-by-day, and you'll never have to worry about being ready for the next day - you'll always be ready. You'll never worry about the teacher calling on you in class - you'll always be ready. Take care of today the best you can, and you'll always be ready for tomorrow.

I picked up #1 grandson at school one afternoon when he was in third grade. As he settled into his seat, he turned to me and said, "Granddaddy, I'm worried." I asked, "What are you worried about?" He replied, "College is scary." I replied reassuringly, "You don't need to worry about college. You take care of today, every day, day-by-day, and when the end of this school year comes, you'll be ready for fourth grade; continue to take care of every day, day-by-day, and you'll be always ready for the next day, the next grade, the next year; by the time you graduate from high school, you'll be ready for college and whatever comes next - you'll never have to worry about it."

He graduated summa cum laude (high honors) from UNC-CH coupla years ago; finished masters program at Institute d'Etude Politique de Paris coupla months ago; working for "think tank" in Paris right now.

Granddaughter graduated summa cum laude from NCSU several months ago, and will be starting PhD program next month at U of CO on full scholarship, stipend, grant, etc.

#2 grandson is straight "A" student starting 6th grade next month.

The first thing they did/do when they get home in the afternoon is to finish their homework - get ready for the next day.

Wilton

----- Original Message ----- From: "Curt Raymond via Mercedes" <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
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Sent: Monday, July 06, 2015 5:55 PM
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I often work that way. At work I need to give myself dates to finish things or they linger. Thats one of the nice things about teaching, I have a list of things that MUST be accomplished each day. Most days I have a list of points that I must hit at particular times to be able to get everything in during the day, that keeps me moving. Today was hard, I have a small class which generally encourages me to gab more, and I have taught in a couple weeks, and I haven't taught in this office for a month and other people have used my classroom since I was here last. So nothing is where I left it or I don't remember where I left it...
-Curt
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Call it whatever ya want, but it's still procrastination.

In school, I used the Charlie Brown method of homework and project
accomplishment - "I do very well under pressure. If I wait until the last
possible time to do it, I'll be under pressure." 'Seemed to work out fairly
well, anyway, but just think of what fantastic things I could have done if
I'da done all of that stuff in a more timely manner.

Wilton

----- Original Message ----- From: "Dan Penoff via Mercedes" <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
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Sent: Monday, July 06, 2015 1:40 PM
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Is this procrastination or just avoidance?

The cable between the release handle and pedal on the emergency brake on
my W220 is either broken or disconnected. It's a fairly simple fix, but it entails probably 30-45 minutes on my back, stuffed under the driver's side
dashboard.

Every time I get ready to work on the car for something else I think about
tackling it, but I usually talk myself out of it.

As retentive as I am about my cars and their condition, it's such an
uncomfortable job to do I just choose not to do it (avoidance) which I
would consider not procrastinating.

Or am I arguing semantics?

Dan

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On Jul 6, 2015, at 12:20 PM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes
<mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

I get it...
My Honda CB900 needs a sprag clutch for the starter. Its "for sale" but I
haven't advertised it much since its not running. Once the starter is
fixed it'll just be a matter of farting around with it until it starts,
its a cold blooded bitch in the best of times now that I haven't run it
for 3 years it'll really fight. I figure like you it'd be about 4 hours
of work but I just can't get real enthused about it...
-Curt
From: Rick Knoble via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
To: Dan Penoff via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
Cc: Rick Knoble <rickkno...@hotmail.com>
Sent: Monday, July 6, 2015 11:59 AM
Subject: Re: [MBZ] This would be a good buy

‎Dan writes :

I realize I'm preaching to the >choir, but it just amazes me when
>people put up ads for stuff like >this that purportedly only need a
>$30 part to make things work, yet >they can't find the motivation to
>do it.


Most people who don't deal with chronic procrastination on a daily basis
wouldn't understand it. My 300CD sat for six years before I was forced to
put the sway bar in. It took all of about four hours... It has been
speculated that approximately 20% of the population suffers from CHRONIC
procrastination. Everyone puts things off, but someone who is a chronic
procrastinator puts nearly everything off. I suspect hoarding, clutter,
depression, and procrastination sometimes go together.
‎At 20%, I am probably not the only one here who procrastinates.

Rick
Yes, I have faults...


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