Yesterday we had our Philly Oral Cancer Walk. Penn School of Dental Medicine has been hosting this event for the past six years and it’s been getting bigger every year! I got to chat with volunteers and oral cancer survivors/patients at the event while volunteering yesterday morning. I’ll write about it soon.
Onto procrastination. When I have an exam coming, I find myself doing everything not studying to pass the time. Everything from my to-do list gets checked off while studying? Not so much. Instead of studying, I walked to and from the kitchen grabbing tea and coffee and water.
So I finally attacked the pile of GRD supplies and extra teeth in the corner. It was actually really fun to shuffle through the plastic teeth I’d practiced on: those acrylic provisionals, vacuform shells, crowns and veneer preps…
I remembered the joy and fear and anticipation I felt all the while in lab & the amazing sense of accomplishment when it all wrapped up. I also had a moment of immense pride when I thought about how BIG and LOOMING our preclinic GRD seemed at the time. But I did learn so much & now I am moving onto clinic! (TWO MONTHS!) This break was more of a conscious pause than lazy procrastination.
And our work is very much an extension of a very deep part of ourselves: our personality, experiences, desires, dreams, values and fears… We receive feedback on a piece of work and we feel bad because we believe we are bad or not good enough.
So after “procrastinating” for a bit, I have some inspiring words and an organized tidy corner of my room. After all, I think it’s all about reframing the situation- like how Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are “unconsciously uncoupling”.
How do you “productively” procrastinate?