Tis the Season…for “Ms. Richard, what can I do to pass your class??” Yes! It’s the season of “Can I have some make up work and/or extra credit?” In past years I have killed tons of trees and feverishly created and copied packets for students to complete over Christmas break…NOT THIS YEAR!! Instead, I used a workbook for my Constitution unit. Back in October, I had the students purchase the workbook and have been assigning pages out of it since then. Of course, some students did not purchase the workbook or bought it and never opened it to do any of the assignments. Now that these students are failing or are close to failing, they want to know, “What can I do to pass?” My response was, “Complete your workbook from cover to cover!”
I have never seen so many attitudes at one time! “What you mean Ms. Richard? This gonna take me all break to do this!” I simply said, “the longer you wait, the longer it takes. If you had been doing the work all along, you wouldn’t have as much to do!”
Later on I was reflecting about all I have to get done. I have to deep clean my house, finish shopping for the Christmas dinner I’m hosting, and go shopping for gifts. This is in addition to life outside of the Christmas season; I need to grade and record several assignments, sit down and pay some bills, and the list goes on, and on, AND ON!!
Just then my words came back to me, “…the longer you wait, the longer it takes…” Yes my students have an issue with procrastination but so do I! Procrastination is “the act of willfully delaying the doing of something that should be done,” and in some people it is a habitual way of handling any task. There was so much I could have been getting done all along. Instead of letting my students’ papers pile up, I could have graded an assignment or two everyday. Christmas comes at the same time EVERY year so I could have been purchasing things throughout the year and had them ready. Oh and my house–I wouldn’t have to do such a deep clean if I had been more diligent in weekly spot cleaning.
Now my attitude was rising, “WHY???? Why did I let this stuff pile up like this?” Because I kept telling myself, “I’ll do it tomorrow, no rush, I’ll get to it!”
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1 NIV)
So here I am coming up with a plan TODAY so I can get everything done. One cure for procrastination is more diligence, regardless of the task. We should be supremely motivated to be diligent in our work, since we are ultimately serving the Lord. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23 ESV). If we put our hearts into our work, as this verse says to do, we will probably find it difficult to procrastinate too much. Yes, my weekend is pretty much shot but I will take this as a lesson to NOT procrastinate because, “the longer you wait, the longer it takes…”
Thank You for giving us the ability and the strength to do all the things that we need to do. Help us to be more diligent at getting tasks completed. Give us wisdom to prioritize and manage our time efficiently and effectively so that we can complete every task You have laid before us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to STOP PROCRASTINATING!! There is so much we have to do in order to build the kingdom of God and reach the individual destinies we have for our lives. We have no time to waste!
- Pray and ask God for wisdom and guidance
- Make a list of all the things you have to do
- Write down a deadline date next to each task
- Prioritize how you will get each task done in an organized and timely fashion
- Get to work!!
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Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois. She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher. Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery. She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”