It is a foregone conclusion: I’m a crammer. I throw away Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People the moment I’m given an important assignment. I prefer picking up the quadrant IV items first, and I’m highly effective there, mind you. Blogging, texting, sleeping, e-mailing, name it, I prefer it to the big projects.
Don’t ask me to talk about Personal Order, a major Way of Life teaching of Lingkod. It’s not in my vocabulary. I’m OC about a lot of things but I have certain work habits that are pretty annoying, even for me. I saw a calendar/planner at Powerbooks that I couldn’t afford, but the title of which struck me: “The Procrastinator’s Guide”. It has little ticklers for “What You Can Do Tomorrow”, “What You Can Avoid”, etc. It was so me.
I am efficient for meetings, follow-ups, long-term plans, and discussions. But once I’m given a thesis-like assignment, I put it off until the very last day, and file a Motion for Extension several days in a row.
As if to emphasize my already pathetic time management skills, a song played on RX’s Monster’s Riot this morning, “Under Pressure” by Queen. Boy did I type faster after hearing the all-too-familiar words.
I like to ruminate on things before finalizing them. I like to collect all my materials before attacking them. I like to distract myself, too. So global, and what a headache I’d pose to the analytics I work with. Tomorrow we have staff training that’s meant to assess our working styles and habits.
I’d probably give a talk on Seven Habits of Highly Inefficient People. That’s why coffee returned to my system – I switched to night shift once again. I’m no longer in the corporate world and so far removed from the legal profession, yet I still exercise these magic procrastinating tricks. When will I ever change? Will I ever change?
My friend Toni once commented, “Ella, you thrive on busy-ness. You breathe better when you’re under stress.”
Oh, the things we discover about ourselves when we no longer have others to pin the blame on.