Motivation


To be honest, my motivation is fading quickly.  I’m nearing the end, and I have so many things I would rather occupy my time with at this point.  (Lord help me if I ever decide to get a Ph.D.)  I’ve been working on this thesis basically nonstop for two months.  Ok, nonstop is a slight exaggeration, but it feels that way.  I’m down to the nitty gritty stuff, which is the part that just makes my skin crawl.  Editing this section here, rewritting this section over there, researching the random, out of scope topics my advisor seems to think are important and should be included…you get the idea.

So, I keep telling myself, “You’re so close!!”

Can’t I just blink and everything be finished?

My next draft is due on the 15th.  In terms of writing, after that, only minor editing will be happening.  To get to the 15th, though, I have one section to rewrite and few more things to add in.  I need to get about 7 additional pages added in somehow.  When I rewrite the one section, I’m hoping it will be longer than what it is currently by a page or two.  However, that still leaves maybe as many as 5 pages in order to meet the minimum page limit.  5 pages doesn’t seem like a lot, but I’m starting to run out of things to say.

“You’re so close!!”

In five weeks, I’ll present.  At that point, the entire thesis process will be complete, and I’ll be one step closer to graduating.  At this point, I’m not worried about presenting.  It should be pretty easy.  I’ll only have ten minutes or so–pretty short.

So, my goal is to work steadily over the next 8 days so that I can turn in a good draft…as opposed to just scrambling on the 13th and 14th.  We’ll see what happens…

 

(You’re so close)

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2 comments

  1. Doesn’t it ease your pain to know that your Dad is in the same boat?

  2. You’ll get there Quinn! As my mom always says, “Bite the bullet and just get it done.” I always love/hate it when she’s right but I still got through everything when I procrastinated and I still managed to get everything done.
    The day you get it done and accomplish something is the best day; usually. 🙂

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