any tips for avoiding distraction? Reading livejournal and obsessively checking my email will be the death of my thesis!
I'm really worried about the fact that I am going out of town, to my parents' house this weekend, because the biggest chunks of time I have to work on my thesis are Friday through Sunday afternoons. I managed to get Wednesday completely free, but am wondering how to best use my time. If I procrastinate, it will set me further back than usual, since it's the only time I'll have to work for several days.
A generic abstract for my thesis also got accepted to a conference; I have to turn in the full presentation on March 5. This means that I will need to have my second chapter complete close to that date, and my presentation prepared two weeks prior to then so that I can get comments from my adviser on it.
This means I REALLY need to get my second chapter done in the next two weeks. I would be in amazing shape logistically if I did, and it would be an enormous relief.
In slightly different news, I'm working on converting the second bedroom of my apartment - thus far used as a storage space - into a home office, since it looks like I'm going to have to be working here from now on. I have too many books to lug around.
Well, up until now I had mapped out the first three months of this year according to how many pages I would write on what days. This wasn't really working, since some days I didn't feel like writing but I could have been doing other things toward my thesis like reading or doing more research.
So I've decided to switch approaches, and work more towards goals, where I can do whatever it is I need to do to get to that goal. As long as I work a little bit each day. My goal for today is to read some more about Luna's performance at the 2005 Venice Biennale and contextualize that part of the chapter more. I'll let you know if I did that!
Last night on the plane I was typing up some thoughts on this process, and here's what I wrote:( Read more...Collapse )