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Why procrastinators procrastinate.

 
A look into procrastination and how you can overcome it.

 
March 2017
 
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From My Heart To Yours
Donna Weston, Founder and Executive Director.
                                                             
     Let me start by saying, I was supposed to write this article two weeks ago.
I didn’t.
 
     Some days (okay, maybe most days), it seemed like I was supposed to do a lot of things that I didn’t. I procrastinated. Why?! Why do I do that to myself and to others who are depending on me? Ouch. This is actually painful for me to write about!
 
     I have a painful memory of procrastinating from years ago.  I vividly remember the one and only all-nighter that I pulled in college. 
 
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PARENT TIPS

 

Tips for Parents - Overcoming Procrastination

 

 “There are countless reasons why children and teens procrastinate. They may be overwhelmed, disinterested, confused, distracted, lethargic, preoccupied, and the list goes on. Yet parents who want to empower their child toward happy productivity often wonder what to do. Whether children’s tasks involve creating a painting, melody, or essay—or devising a schedule, group discussion, or framework for action—or tackling something else altogether—first steps are crucial. They may also be the most difficult for kids because they lead in new and potentially uncharted directions. Unfortunately, once children start to procrastinate, it can be hard for them to get back on track and to apply themselves. Meanwhile, one missed deadline or opportunity often leads to another…”

Excerpted from Joanne Foster, EdD at The Creativity Post 


 

5 Ways to Procrastinator-Proof Your Child

 
  1. Step out of the line of fire. Leave the issuing of orders and consequences, advice and directives, to the school. Tempting as it is, if you rush to his rescue either by doing his homework or writing an excuse to the teacher about why he couldn't, your procrastinator learns that his tactics will ultimately be rewarded. Rescue too often, and you also send the message that you really don't believe he can do it himself.
     
  2. Acknowledge even tentative steps in the right direction. If you're forever noticing what she isn't doing, instead of what she is doing, you'll chip away at her confidence. Praise such as "Good first draft!" or "That's a fine outline" can go a long way toward motivating a child to complete assignments. Reward her for trying by putting a star on the calendar for each day she finishes her work on time. When she collects a weeks' worth, celebrate with a movie or video date.

The complete article can be read here!


 

Learning Disabilities and Academic Procrastination

 

"Students with learning disabilities face special frustrations with academic tasks and they often develop maladaptive academic behavior. They report stress, anxiety, self-doubt, diminished persistence, lower expectations for success and negative emotions associated with school work. Of course, procrastination may also be a problem. A new study explores procrastination in relation to students with learning disabilities.

Although the authors of this study don’t have a very good grasp of the procrastination research literature, their study does provide an unique focus with a comparison of students identified with learning disabilities to those who do not. In particular, they pick up on the role of emotional intelligence—a focus that my students and I have emphasized in terms of understanding procrastination. Our research has shown us that the more emotional intelligence we have, the less we tend to procrastinate."

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RESOURCES

 
 

Overcoming Procrastination -

Manage Your Time. Get It All Done.


"If you’ve found yourself putting off important tasks over and over again, you’re not alone. In fact, many people procrastinate to some degree – but some are so chronically affected by procrastination that it stops them fulfilling their potential and disrupts their careers."

 

How to Stop Procrastinating by

Using the “2-Minute Rule”

"Most of the tasks that you procrastinate on aren’t actually difficult to do — you have the talent and skills to accomplish them — you just avoid starting them for one reason or another. The 2–Minute Rule overcomes procrastination and laziness by making it so easy to start taking action that you can’t say no."


 

RECOMMENDED READING
 
 

I'll Do It Later
By Simone T. Ribke

 

"Is there a procrastinator in your household? Max is the queen of all procrastinators. Her favorite line seems to be "I'll do it later." Mom seems to be suffering from a cold and is seen carry a box of tissues and putting an ice bag on her head while resting on the sofa. Finally after asking Max to do about a dozen things around the house, she stands her ground when Max says that she is going outside to skate. Not until all her chores are completed will this young girl get to go and play. It is a mad rush to get everything done!  After the story is finished there is a brief blurb about the author and illustrator, followed by pages of activities. They include a song that goes with a familiar tune, a counting game, shared reading, and telling time. The final page contains a list of the seventy-five words that make up the story."

 
"Kids today are notorious for putting things off—it’s easy for homework and chores to take a backseat to playing video games, hanging out with friends, watching television, or surfing online. Full-color cartoons and kid-friendly text teach kids how to get motivated, stay motivated, and get things done. Kids learn 12 reasons why people procrastinate and 12 Procrastination Busters that can help; 20 ways to kiss procrastination good-bye; tips for avoiding setbacks like the dreaded Domino Effect; and Mighty Motivators and Fun Rewards to keep them on track."


 


 

The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success: How to Use Your Brain's Executive Skills to Keep Up, Stay Calm, and Get Organized at Work and at Home


Donna Weston, our executive director, talks about how one of her biggest takeaway from this book is setting a small goal and mastering it before setting another. This book is an invaluable resource for  those struggling to organize your weird brain!
 


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we work hard to prepare your student for a lifetime of learning!

 


Game of the Month
 
 

A Simple Activity for Teaching About Procrastination

 

This 9th grade teacher created this activity to teach his students about procrastination.

Dave Stuart Jr. goes on to say “In this simple lesson, I hope to give my students the best lesson on procrastination that I’ve ever not taught (because basically, Tim Urban is going to teach them), and to establish a shared vocabulary in my classes for dealing with what is basically a really serious problem.”

He also uses an inspiring Ted Talk to further make his point! This is a great way to encourage awareness early on and prevent habits from forming before the student even knows what they’re doing!

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Events

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Tartan Day South


Tartan DaySouth is a celebrations of Celtic heritage and the impact that Scots, Irish, Welsh and Scot-Irish have had on the history of the Columbia region. The festival strives to highlight the impacts of these peoples through activities on the field and throughout the area! 

 

 

6th Annual - Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt &
Carnival in the Park

 

The Carnival portion will consist of carnival rides, inflatables, games, cotton candy, popcorn and more!  Local restaurants including Buffalo Wild Wings, Private Property, Travinia's, and Uno's will be selling various items from their menus.  Each menu item will be $5 or less.  

The Easter Egg Hunts will be for ages 0-10 and will have over 100,000 plastic candy-filled eggs and even more treats on the fields!  Each child may only hunt one time!  

 

 

River Rocks Festival


CHILDREN UNDER TWELVE GET IN FREE!
Participate in activities and demonstrations and find out more about how you can help Congaree Riverkeeper work to protect and improve water quality, wildlife habitat, and recreation on the Congaree, Lower Saluda and Lower Broad Rivers through advocacy, education and enforcement of environmental laws.
Join us for delicious food and drinks and an acclaimed and eclectic roster of musicians including Zach Deputy, Dangermuffin, Josh Roberts & the Hinges, Prettier than Matt, and more!
 

 
 

22nd Columbia International Festival 2017

 
The Columbia International Festival showcases the music, culture, food and performing arts of the various cultures, nationalities, races and language groups represented in South Carolina. The event brings all of the area's international communities together to build better community / race relations between various ethnic / cultural / language groups and with the South Carolina community at large.


For more upcoming event check out the full list of events here!
ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Look Out for Midlands Gives Coming May 2017!

 
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Discovery Therapies, Inc. is a family of educational therapists with a passion for reaching children with learning differences. Together, we have over 147 years of experience in the field of education. Together, we have a passion for unlocking the minds of struggling learners. Together, we are Discovery!

 


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