I’m in the CLEAN ALL THE THINGS/GRADE ALL THE THINGS stage of this cycle (which is all too accurate. Um, hello there, Internet.).
For instance, I grade a bunch of “Learning Self-Assessment Essays” and then I get sick of it and do a load of dishes or laundry.
Because here’s a secret: I can motivate myself to do stuff as long as I am using that stuff to avoid or put off other stuff I should be doing.
I need to do the dishes! No, I need to grade stuff! No, I need to do the dishes! No, I need to grade things!
The trick is, when I’m doing the dishes I decide that I SHOULD really be grading. And when I’m grading I SHOULD be doing the dishes. So it’s like I’m tricking my brain with the prospect of sweet, sweet rebellion and setting up a little feedback loop. As long as there is some looming unfinished task that I can beat myself up for not doing, I can feel normal and ok. Knowing this does not help. If I decided, hey, you should grade for a bit and when you get tired of it you should switch to another task and that’s okay, I’d be on the Internet avoiding everything all day (we call that…Thursday).
My brain is a jerk.