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I have a confession to make: I’m a recovering perfectionist. In high school, I was able to breeze through most of my classes.  I could procrastinate and still manage to do really good work, even if I didn’t manage to start my homework until the morning it was due.  I started taking university classes in high school, and this was only marginally more difficult…I could often get by with starting things the night before. And then I went to a big name college, and found out that I couldn’t procrastinate at all. My perfectionism became a problem in college. Deadlines became terrifying…and still are. It turns out that procrastination is a sign of perfectionism, along with several other signs.  People don’t like to start things that they are afraid they can’t do, well, perfectly.  I didn’t know I was a perfectionist, however, until I had kids and found out that they were…

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For those of you who follow me @profgears, you probably have already seen the demotivator to your left [photo credit]. It’s probably my favorite demotivational poster. In fact, if a certain DrWife is reading this, that would be a very nice new office gift. But I digress… As part of Deadline Theme Week here at Engineer Blogs, I thought I would talk about how I deal with procrastination, deadlines, perfectionism, and biting off more than you can chew (the Big Four). All four of these things work in tandem for me and it’s basically the only way I know how to get stuff done. I always bite off more than I can chew. Whether it is agreeing to service within the university, professional societies, or self-pressure, I always have stuff to do. And, like most people, I get distracted by the slightest…. … sorry, student just distracted me (actually true!).…

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