As Albert Einstein once didn’t say, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Here are some examples from my life of this phenomenon:
Me, during the school year: I’m so busy with all the courses I’m teaching, I just don’t have time to organize my stuff/Konmari my condo/do that renovation project. I’ll do it once the semester is over.
Me, during the summer: It’s sunny out and I just want to take advantage of the beautiful weather before it’s gone! I don’t want to be inside. I’m organize my stuff/Konmari my condo/do that renovation project in the fall.
Me, exhausted at the end of the semester: I’m going to make all my edits to my course now, so that it will be ready to go and I’ll be totally organized and not stressed when I teach this class next year.
Also me, exhausted at the end of the semester: I shouldn’t teach so many courses when I’m already working a full-time job.
Me, a few weeks into summer: Sure university administrator, I’ll totally teach that class in the fall. I’ve got all summer to prep it.
Me, in the last week of August: WTF? How is it the last week of August already????
Me, in the evening: I’ve got to be up at 5:30 am tomorrow, so I’m going to go to bed at a reasonable hour.
Me, at 11:45pm: *still reading stuff on the Internet* WTF? How is it 11:45 pm already?
Me, at 12:30 am: *finally getting into bed* I’m totally going to go to bed early tomorrow.