I'm a dissertating graduate student who, due to a whole host of factors over the course of a few years, has basically forgotten how to work. I spend days upon days at home, sometimes doing things and sometimes just hanging out, but the things I do are rarely dissertation-related (or they could be broadly work related, but aren't note-taking or actually writing the thing). As a result I have no dissertation progress to speak of, very limited levels of committee support remaining, and a bleak outlook. I used to be a real go-getter. Please help me get my head and ass wired together. [more inside]
How to rest (in the afternoon, after work) without napping? [more inside]
What can I do about this stiff/antsy/tired feeling I get when I'm at work? [more inside]
What are some strategies for coping with a busy fulltime job, when I have physical fatigue? What can I do to keep from getting sick again, and to have enough energy to do my job? [more inside]
Has anyone else experienced recurring bouts of severe fatigue? I'm having trouble keeping to some deadlines on my job because for the past week and a half I've been utterly exhausted.. [more inside]
Every day I leave for work feeling energetic, spend the morning the same, but by afternoon I am exhausted. (more inside) [more inside]
When I'm doing something really mentally taxing, like working on a difficult programming task or doing a really really tough crossword puzzle, I sometimes reach mental overload. I'm sure most of you have this. It makes me sleepy and sometimes a bit dizzy, and if I try to work more, I comprehend less and less. At this point, I generally need to do something else for a while. If I come back to the taxing work the next day, everything is fine. Probably, I can come back to it on the same day, an hour or so later. I CAN'T come back to it five minutes later. I'm interested in tactics that let me return to the mental workout as-soon-as possible. When I quit working, what sort of activity should I do to recharge? How long should I do it? Is there anything I should ingest? Is it better to quit before absolute mental burnout occurs? Are there any studies about this?