Procrastinator needs to write 9k words in 3 days. Please advise.
August 23, 2013 3:52 PM Subscribe
So, I made a previous thread about my general tendencies to dither and procrastinate. On some fronts I've made progress since then, but not recently. I've come back from my year abroad placement at college and I have 3 papers to write to make the year count. They're 3k each.
posted by lethologues to Writing & Language (16 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I have a lot of trouble starting papers when they matter for my credit as it is, but for these I literally just need to pass and it has no bearing on my degree classification at my home university. Also, they're kind of in the realm of cultural studies/literature so uh, with all due love for my subject, it's not exactly unheard of to waffle/write these at last minute.
And yet... I'm having trouble committing to actually starting them, even though getting a bare pass is all I need. I am at the point right now where the general idea and argumentative arc for both essays are in my head, and I'm reasonably sure they'll stretch to 9k. My main method of procrastinating is reading/loading up more secondary reading until it oozes out my ears. The only way I'll feel confident in starting is, I know, if I go back to my primary materials.
Previously I've 'handled' these by starting past the deadline and working in a miasma of stress and sleep deprivation until I'm done and gaily desensitised to late penalties. That's not an option now, as I'm going away on holiday for a month on Wednesday morning.
Sorry if this question comes across as kind of precious and/or bratty but if you guys could help me with some working tips to get a sense of momentum going I'd be really grateful. I am going to root through the primary material after posting this thread.
Just useful tips about avoiding burnout, being stern with myself (the 10th time isn't the charm for trying to 'work to music' etc) motivation, nutrition (?), anecdotal encouragement, anything.
Thanks in advance Mefites, it's much appreciated! x
(In an effort to work against these behaviours in future, i'm also working through a copy of Feeling Good and will approach the chapter on Do-Nothing-ism with bated breath. any other advice on that front is also hugely appreciated)