Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Note to self: Trying to focus for millions of hours on end could lead to insanity

That's really pretty much all I have to say about that.

OK, not really. (Yeah, pshaw, when is one sentence ever "all I have to say" about anything? Riiiiight.)

My new thesis-writing-focus-technique proposal is as follows:

Start earlier, like say, 6am.

After focusing really hard and writing like a no-really-I-deserve-to-graduate-in-April maniac until I start to lose focus (approximately 2-2.5 hours later), GO DO SOMETHING ELSE!

Something TOTALLY different.

Something that that cannot be done in the same room and does not involve computers. Or words. Or brains.

Like, say, run for 30 minutes.

Then (shower and) come back and work really hard for another 2-2.5 hours. Then GO DO SOMETHING ELSE.

Something TOTALLY different.

Something that that cannot be done in the same room and does not involve computers. Or words. Or brains.

Then (shower if needed :) and) come back and work really hard for another 2-2.5 hours.

Sensing a pattern? 'Cause this whole no-no-can't-leave-the-room-must-focus-harder-you-idiot thing is not helping. I am not leaving the room, but I am also not getting anything good written. Or anything at all written. I'd settle for less than "good" at this point.

So we'll try this new technique and see how it treats me. I don't know if I'm just not desperate enough yet to be able to sit and write for a million hours, and maybe I'll reach that point soom (or soon, even), but right now I'm willing to try something new to see if I can end up with a Masters degree AND my sanity.

Blog out.

3 comments:

Heather said...

Oh I am so so tired reading this. I'm so so sorry!

Jenna said...

I bribe myself. Violently. Without ceasing. Usually with food. Or naps.
"Two pages, then you can go get Jambajuice."
"Two pages, you can sleep."
"Two pages, you can teach strangers mnemonic devices for spelling Bangladesh."
Also, I procrastinate via the internet. It is magical.

cancercrusader said...

HA! How ironic to think that I, in reading this, was thinking of attempting to jumpstart myself to tackle, yet again, this oh-so-like-everything-must-be-perfect-for-this-project-because-it's-like-gonna-determine-the-next-stage-or-step-in-my-career-etc-etc-and-yeah-so-there...

All my best to you dear, and if you're reading this... GO BACK TO YOUR THESIS!!!

Love ya,
Danielle.