Procrastination: How to Stay on Track

Procrastination. We know this word all too well (some of us more than others). Procrastination can be useful, to an extent. People argue that they do better under pressure, and while that may be true for some, sometimes you just have to get started on something immediately. Other times, your procrastination (or avoidance behavior) takes over and all of a sudden something is due, but you still can't get started. If any of this sounds like you, this post is for you. 

seriously struggle with procrastination and initiating tasks (did I mention I have executive functioning difficulties?). Over the years I've read lots of articles and tried out a variety of ways to help manage my procrastination. Here are some things that work for me:


Setting Timers. This is helpful for times when I need limits on my breaks, and to stick with a task. For example, at the start of a busy day, I may set a 15 minutes timer, that sllows me to do whatever I want on the computer for 15 minutes. Once that timer goes off, it's time to tackle my To-Do list. Alternatively, I use timers to stick with my work, and when that timer goes off, I can "earn" my break!

Do Not Disturb. Turning your phone to Do Not Disturb (if it's an iPhone) is a miracle. This way, I don't see or hear any alerts pop up on my phone so I don't feel tempted to check and respond to everything. Once my work is done (or my timer goes off), I can switch off the "Do Not Disturb" and check my messages/alerts.

Closing the Door (or Put on Headphones). Depending on where you work, you may need to adjust this a bit. I have an office, so when I really want zero distractions, I can shut the door to alert people that I am not available. This cuts down on the small talk that I just do not have time for when I'm crunched for time. It also helps to keep me from people watching from the window to the hall in my office. If you don't have the luxury of closing a door, pop in some head phones to show others you are not available for chit-chat.

Listening to Neutral Music. If you employ the above strategy, the music you choose is important. I've found that if I'm listening to a radio station, or playlist with new or intriguing music, I am less productive at work. I'd rather be listening to the music than thinking about the task at hand. I can sometimes listen to a playlist from a band I love, because I'm not concentrating on the lyrics or sound as much, but I like to stick to more neutral music, such as instrumental jazz or classical music. The music in this case is serving as some background noise to help you focus, not introducing you to new, hit bands. You're trying to work, not find your next concert to attend.

Close Your Browser. If you don't need the internet, turn off WiFi, or close your internet browser. If you do  need the internet for your work, then close all the unnecessary tabs and do not open until your timer goes off and it's time for a break!

What tips do you have to help stay on track? Leave a comment below!


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Welcome to Part 4 of the Autism 101 series. Today we are diving deeper into specific support techniques for working with people with ASD. If you want an overview of different interventions used with people with ASD, check out Part 3. For more information on what autism is, and how to identify it, check out Part 1 and Part 2 respectively.


Today we will be talking about different support strategies for those with an ASD diagnosis. Keep in mind, that we've previously discussed how each person with ASD is different, thus these supports and ideas are not a one-size-fits-all approach. You will need to take these approaches and individualize them to your students or adults you're working with.

Executive Functioning: What is It?

I'm sure we've all heard this term before. If you are a teacher, especially a special educator, you know this term well.  You might even be someone who struggles with this yourself (*raises hand*). This is such an important term that encompasses so much! But what does this all mean..?

What is executive functioning?

Executive functioning is the command center of the brain. Executive functions are the skills of the brain used for planning, organizing, and managing our thoughts. To say executive functioning is important is an understatement.

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10 Things Tuesday: Every Day is Earth Day

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Autism 101: Supports and Interventions Overview {Part 3}

Welcome back to my Autism 101 series. Today is Part 3 of the series where we will focus on supports and treatments for individuals with autism, or ASD. If you want to know more about what autism is, or the warning signs and causes of autism, check Part 1 and Part 2 respectively.

Today we will be talking about different support strategies for those with an ASD diagnosis. Keep in mind, that we've previously discussed how each person with ASD is different, thus these supports and ideas are not a one-size-fits-all approach. You will need to take these approaches and individualize them to your students or adults you're working with.


Notice how I didn't say "cure". It's important to differentiate between supports and cures in this case, as there is no cure for autism, and many autism advocates push to have those with autism be viewed as an individual with strengths and weakness, just like anyone else, rather than someone who needs to be fixed. We all have our deficits (such as my organizational challenges), and wouldn't identify ourselves as someone who needs to be treated. Instead, we look for ways to help manage our deficits and supports our selves in being as independent as possible. This should be the drive when working with people with autism as well. Even still, with a word like "treatment" it's important to note that we are treating the symptoms and challenges that can come with autism, not the actual disorder itself.

Autism 101: What to Look for? {Part 2}


Welcome to Part 2 of the Autism 101 series. Check out Part 1 of the series, which begins with an introduction to autism spectrum disorder. For Part 2 today, we will be learning about red flags and potential causes according to current autism research.


There are lots of misconceptions out there about autism, which is why it's important to read up on current (and valid) research. Not everything on the internet is true (the majority of what's out there is probably false!) so make sure to do your homework! Make sure you are backing up what you are reading with other sources of information - this is just good practice!

So, we've gained a basic understanding of autism, and the common characteristics of ASD. Now, let's take a look at some of the warning signs of autism, or the indicators that you may consider an evaluation...

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SPEDtacular Freebie!

Today, I've linked up with Bender's Bunch to share on SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies! Check out Bender's Bunch for an archive of awesome freebies


My freebie for the link up is a set of comprehension posters for the classroom! Head over to Bender's Bunch to check out mine and all the other great freebies!

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