Tuesday, August 09, 2005

I've Procrastinated and I Can't Get Up!

Man, I fell off the wagon in a bad way. It started with a trip to the beach...I actually did some reading while there, but then when I got back I fell into a slump. Then my parents were coming so I had to make my house look decent. Now they are here for a couple of weeks and I thought that would add structure and help me work, but I'm just feeling crowded and stressed. I know if I just get back into it the interest will renew and I can get on a roll again, but my attempts so far have been unfruitful. I just can't seem to make that spark of interest go off. I have to prepare a paper based on the chapter I'm writing for a conference I'm going to in 10 days, so I suppose pressure will put me back on track. I hope.


Blogger Francesca said...

Okay, you've got to get back to work. I know, it sucks to hear that. But deal.
Dedicate yourself to spending just 45 minutes a day to dissertation work. Even if it's just typing up bibliography or looking up new books and articles, you MUST do a little something every day.
Hopefully that will get your ball rolling again on a small scale and it will finally reignite the spark.
But I totally hear you on the parents visiting-feeling crowded thing. Try to get out for a couple of hours in the library anyway.
Also, do you have a deadline for the completed dissertation? I had to eventually give myself one )my 10th college reunion) and it really actually worked. My school and advisor weren't giving me any deadlines, so I had to make one myself.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Porkorama said...

Thanks for the pep talk! I don't know why I forget that doing even just a few minutes a day is better than nothing. I'm thinking of the end of the road instead of each step.
Funny thing about the deadline--I got an email from the dean the other day saying they had "extended" my deadline until December 20th. Funny thing is this is the first time anyone has ever mentioned a deadline to me! But I'm hoping it will exert the necessary mental pressure.
It's also inspiring to hear about your finishing and scheduling your defense--makes me realize it actually can be done!

11:29 AM  
Blogger Francesca said...

Good. December 20. Write it in big, ominous letters over your desk! Knowing that date will be a huge motivator, I promise you!

10:45 AM  
Anonymous abd07 said...

I think there are things which we have to keep reminding ourselves about over and over, and 'do a few minutes EVERY day' is definitely one of them. As I mentioned in my reply to your comment on my LJ, I have now had definite PROOF of the fact that writiing a few pages of loose stuff every day makes the finished product much much better; and am I doing it? I mean to, and somehow I haven't for a whole week now! It works, though; I hope that Francesca's suggestions have helped you get back on track--good luck on the paper!

10:43 AM  
Anonymous mightystudent.com said...

It's all in the mind, dear! Make your self happy by prioritizing important things to do. Procrastination can lead you into something negative so try to avoid it and make each day count, okay? :)

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