In most areas I am not a procrastinator. On the contrary, I tend to be a "get up and get your work done first" kind of gal (much to Mr. Darcy's chagrin), but there are a few things every year I procrastinate on and every year I say next year I will do it different only to find that next year came and yep....I'm down to the last dime again trying to get everything done in time.
For me, my biggest procrastination every year seems to be wrapping up my 10 hours of CEUs (Continuing Education Units) that are necessary for me to renew my speech license every year. Since I hold my CCC's (National Certification), ASHA (The American Speech and Hearing Assoc.) requires I get 30 CEU's every 3 years to keep my National Certification. AZ requires 10 a year, so those numbers work out nicely.
Then every year, July sneaks up on me and I awake in the middle of the night with that "I think my CEU's are due this week" feeling and sure enough they are...
I don't know why I procrastinate on this yearly. I have 12 months to take what will constitute 2-3 classes to make up the 10 hours and I love love love learning new things as evidenced by my jaunt back into graduate school again last fall. But when I look back, I realize this is not a "since I got married thing" or even a "since i became a mother" thing...It has been a thing since I was 23 and first got out of graduate school. In fact in my 17 years as an SLP, I can't remember a year I didn't leave them till the last month, the last week, the last minute.
I can only attribute this to the fact that we are all creatures of habit. We are drawn to do what we want to do. We make time for what we need and what we want to make time for. And so for the 17th time in 17 years, I have been wrapping up this week , last minute, my CEUS... and for the 17th time in 17 years promising myself that "next year will be different". Maybe this coming year, # 18, wil be the year I make that change.
What are you procrastinating on right now?
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