Whatever you do when you’re procrastinating should be your full-time job.
I don’t remember the origin of this advice, but it makes a lot of sense.
We should be intrinsically motivated by our work. Being in a job that doesn’t bring you joy is a terrible punishment. Imagine spending 40 or more hours a week doing something you hate. It seems like a form of torture.
As a professor, I hope to help students discover what type of work motivates them. Enter the first sentence in this post. Perhaps it is worth considering when thinking about what you want to be when you “grow up.”
I typically procrastinate by:
- using social media or
- hanging out the in student newsroom.
Each of these tasks relates to my profession.
I have always loved writing. It is my creative release. Therefore, blogging is a natural passion. I also teach writing. And, of course, all writers know that the best way to become a good writer is to write. Blogging helps me to practice what I teach.
I spend most of my time on social media consuming information about the media industry and discussing it with professors, students and practitioners. I’m almost constantly teaching and learning while using social media.
Through blogging, social media and just killing time chatting with students in the newsroom, I am learning about the industry and passing on (aka: teaching) what I know. I believe that knowledge is meant to be shared, hence my love of teaching.
It seems too simple to be true, but it makes sense that what you do when you procrastinate could easily be tied to what intrinsically motivates you. What you enjoy doing when you’re avoiding doing other things could be your job.
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How do you procrastinate? Could it be a job? Is it already part of your work?