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Blogging and the art of procrastination

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Well here it is, after a year and a half of procrastinating, my very first post. It’s been a long time coming but finally I’ve got here!  So why the blog?

I live in a small village about an hour’s drive away from the nearest city and the very small secondary school where I am a part-time EFL teacher.  Job opportunities closer to home are few and far between which is why, when I saw someone advertising online classes I began to wonder…  

And so it all began!

I am currently developing an online teaching business for adult learners (ACEnglish) and have spent the past year and a half doing courses, research and making lists of all the things I need to do, but not actually producing anything… procrastinating in a word!  My to-do list got so long that I didn’t know where to begin, and suddenly,  instead of feeling excited I began to feel stressed.  What I needed to do was prioritize and tick off some of those things on the list, a blog being one of them.

The best wayto get something done is to begin

So I started to create my blog (a good few months ago!)  I kept dipping in and out, looking at other blogs for ideas, reading up about SEO, ROI, OMG!  But there was still no blog after a few months.  I followed the advice of Jack Askew who runs the Teach English Online Course and started to schedule time blocks and set deadlines for myself.  

After a lot of indecision and a bit more procrastinating…

  • What domain name shall I use? (I’ve changed it twice!)
  • The logo (colours, fonts?)
  • Which template shall I use? (I’ve changed this countless times!)
  • Which widgets do I need?
  • Will anyone be interested in what I have to say? 
  • Will I be able to keep up with it once I start?
  • What shall I write my first post about?

… I’ve finally done it!  All I have to do now is keep it going!

I mentioned earlier that this blog came about after I decided to delve into the world of online teaching. The tagline for my blog is  “All things EFL.  A collection of practical ideas, resources and thoughts on EFL today” and it’s my attempt to give something back after taking so much. From all the courses I’ve done/webinars I’ve attended over the past year and a half, I have learnt a lot and connected with so many great people online who have been more than generous with their ideas, resources and advice.  You won’t find a lot here yet, but my intention is to post something every couple of weeks  (that’s if I don’t fall into old habits, they do die hard.)

I have to admit that my reasons for blogging are not entirely altruistic.  I hope to continue to expand my PLN and keep learning from all the like-minded people out there.  It’s also a great way to organise my resources and ideas, be creative and reflect upon my own teaching practices.  Lastly, it has been (and will continue to be) a personal challenge to be more disciplined and finally put procrastination to bed.  

It’s been a long slog to get here but it’s also been great therapy and when I finally hit that “publish” button…

For the procrastinators amongst you out there:

Tim Urban’s humorous TedTalk Inside the mind of a master procrastinator”  Well worth a watch.

Why you procrastinate-10 tactics to help you stop

And the over-thinkers:

How to stop being an overthinker

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Author: lisajwood

I am an EFL teacher currently teaching teens and adults in Spain. My areas of interest include flipped learning, student-centred learning and promoting life-long learning skills. I am also a keen advocate of using new technologies to facilitate the teaching and learning process.

5 thoughts on “Blogging and the art of procrastination

  1. One wine producer was once asked when his wine would be ready to drink. His answer was brilliant, “It’s not a question of when the wine is ready, it’s a question of when YOU are ready”. I wouldn’t call it procrastination – it starts with nothing and ends in nothing. I’d call it getting oneself all ready for the forthcoming journey. Keep it going and enjoy the ride! Lana. P.S. Been blogging for a year and a half, still have doubts about the domain name and blog template:)

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