Procrastination

I don’t recall a time when I’ve felt more unprofessional. I ran into a crisis and panicked, and didn’t do what I knew I should have… let someone know. The nature of GIS is always changing, but one thing I’ve found to remain the same: Never expect things to go as planned. I learn this lesson more and more as I continue to delve into the chaotic realm of data layers, feature classes, toolsets, model building and spatial analyses.

First of all I would like to apologize to my peers and my mentors for not staying in contact about my situation, there are no excuses for such disrespect. Secondly, I would like to tell a short parable if you will.

I made a huge mistake and went and did a bunch of work on an old version of ArcGIS and then found out that I can’t run my model and that I will need to use a newer version. This resulted in a complete redo of my project file, which can be a daunting task once it’s been developed to a certain level. Long story short, I had to start over with my GIS. My lack of responsibility over the last week is unacceptable, and this blog post (my first) is a clarification on myself and what I’ve been up to.

On a lighter note I am still plugging away and should have some interesting results to show very soon.

I decided on this picture because it seemed to represent well the procrastination on my part, and also the distractions I’ve allowed myself to get into with this summer.

Loga Fixico

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About Diana Dalbotten

Diana Dalbotten is the Director of Diversity and Broader Impacts for the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics and the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota; and for the Geoscience Alliance, a national alliance for broadening participation of Native Americans in the Geosciences.

One thought on “Procrastination

  1. I don’t like the procrastination, but I like the flower. And I also think that recognizing a problem and understanding how it makes us react, but not being a slave to natural reactions is the path towards instilling better ways of dealing with issues. I know from my own life that writing can be an act of fighting procrastination, and finding a way to move beyond into expressing what we want to communicate. Nice thoughtful post.

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