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Productive Procrastination

June 17, 2021
Complete, and 6 months before the deadline! Now only the payment part is left.

Above is my transcript at the American Board of Pediatrics. There are quality improvement actives and knowledge assessment/maintenance activities required to maintain one’s certification (MOC = Maintenance of Certification) with the Board (a job requirement for me!).

I finished the quality project a few months ago, but have had “finish some online questions to get credit for certification” on my list for what feels like a century.

So why did it take having another project I really didn’t feel like working on to bring out my desire to finish this one?

It was my equivalent of cleaning my office with a pending stressful deadline. But I’m actually pretty okay with this surprise burst of inspiration for this previously nagging task. Now I have until ~2026 before I have to do it again. That seems like quite a long time from now, though 2016 doesn’t seem that long ago, so I guess it isn’t.

IN OTHER NEWS, I have had a headache (mild to moderate, at its worst at 3 am when it woke me up from sleep) for 24 hours. (Not hormonal this time.) I hope it goes away soon. If it’s a brain tumor I guess my 2026 MOC will not be an issue.

Tomorrow: Some links and hopefully a more positive outlook!


  • Reply teresa June 17, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    This makes perfect sense to me since I usually work on MOC when I feel like I ought to be doing some sort of chore and really don’t feel like doing whatever chore/project most needs to be done. I also think it’s genuinely fascinating/bizarre how different the initial certification and MOC requirements are between boards. ABOG doesn’t let us start anything until we apply and pay every year and the initial certification is painful, but once paid the requirements seem less annoying -especially the CQI options- than my husband’s FM requirements or what you posted.

  • Reply Nadine June 18, 2021 at 3:39 am

    Ha – good to know someone else also makes the logical jump straight to brain tumour. 🤣 – and then looks at the bright side of annoying tasks no longer holding relevance. 😘

  • Reply CBS June 18, 2021 at 4:52 am

    I had to sit on a very annoying call last night and figured I would lean into the annoyance and do all the tedious tasks on my to do list. I got loads done that had been weighing on me rather than my normal routine of refreshing twitter and scowling.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger June 18, 2021 at 6:12 am

      that is amazing!!!! total win.

    • Reply Marcia Francois June 18, 2021 at 1:04 pm

      That’s a great idea! I should make a list of “things to do in boring meetings”. usually I tidy my desk, paint nails, update my diary, but this is genius!

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