Delayed December

I saw an Instagram post the other day that described the different types of procrastinators. One of them being: works well under pressure and needs the excitement of a close deadline. This perfectly described my entire month of December (and maybe also the beginning of January, and other parts of my life…).

This month I applied and submitted what feels like to so many things! And all mostly last minute 😬

I applied to be a speaker for the Women in GIS: Perspectives on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion panel at the ESRI Federal GIS Conference. Eva Reid, who has been a huge support in my solo career, is facilitated the panel and I thought it’d be a great opportunity to talk about something I’m passionate about. I self-nominated myself and was chosen and asked to be on the panel. Unfortunately, I had to turn down this opportunity since remote access to the conference was not an option. This felt rather ironic since the panel is talking about inclusion and equity but the conference itself is not inclusive of those who are not able to or choose not to attend a very large public gathering in person. During a pandemic. Nonetheless, I know that Eva is going to rock the panel and I looking forward to hearing about what was shared. I hope that the next ESRI conference is more accessible so that I can participate in the way that I am capable of doing so.

Luckily, I have two other conferences to look forward to this year! Both of which offer remote participation. I was asked to speak on the Connecting Remote Sensing Data and Landscapes panel at the IALE-North American Annual Meeting in April. I’ll be talking about Connecting Remote Sensing Data and Landscapes: in what ways does data collected by satellites differ from what’s on the ground, and how to remedy this issue.

Lastly, but not least, I applied to teach a workshop at the 2022 ESA & CSEE Joint Meeting where I’ll be talking about How to Create an Engaging and Successful Tech-specific Outreach Event with my closest friend from grad school. We did a lot of outreach events back then and I’m exciting to reunite (virtually) to relive the good old days!

December went by quickly with everything I put off last minute. And doing this around the holidays didn’t help much. Now that I run my own business, I’m starting to learn better habits that will help me be more productive with my procrastination (and also not procrastinate). What are tasks or things that you tend to procrastinate on? What strategies do you use to help you get things done?

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