Dissertation Update No. 5

I find that I’m a lot more productive and a lot more excited about my work when I engage with people around it. Most of the time, it jumpstarts my motivation. Since I’m having a hard time getting motivated tonight, I thought I’d come here, write a post, and hold myself accountable in a different way.

Edits for my dissertation proposal are due on Thursday. I’m out of town for work on Wednesday, which means the bulk of the work needs to be done tonight and tomorrow night. I have a little less than 2 1/2 hours left of work time tonight before I absolutely have to go to sleep, so here are my goals.

I’ll be back in a few hours with an update.

I might spend too much time thinking about what I want to write. I feel a little bit like I need a me who taught eighth grade standing over my shoulder telling me to vomit on the page just to get the words out.

I’m all about those Pomodoros. For whatever reason, they really help me get started when I’m having trouble getting started. Being able to see the timer, for me, is also really helpful. When my attention starts to wander, I just tell myself that I can make it X more minutes, and I refocus like a boss.

Clear goals make the work go so much easier for me. So I know that tomorrow morning in the car, I’m going back to my sentence-level revision. Tomorrow afternoon in the car, I’m working on revising novel summaries.

I got this.

Thank you for reading my dissertation live tweet.  Goodnight.

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