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Life deals you a crappy hand and at the end of a long, somewhat bizarre chain of actions-and-consequences you end up abandoning all the plans you’d been working on for months, and you’re left with one week to write your dissertation.
Sometimes you’re just really f*cking lazy and god who even knows how to start on this shit, and you’re left with one week to write your dissertation.
Sometimes both of these things are true, and you’re – you guessed it – left with one week to write your dissertation.
Used to protest when people said things to me like, “why am i even asking you about the essay?Cause you guys, i’m beginning to realise that i’m actually really good at getting things done at the last minute.
It isn’t even panic that motivates me – things that stress me out include “bra shopping,” “heterosexuality” and “these goddamn moths,” not school assignments of no real consequence in the grand scheme of things – but rather that i’m really good at pacing myself once i can see the deadline as clearly as a hard brick wall in front of today we’re going to talk about tackling 10,000 words of amateur academia in a week.There will be netflix and kittens and not half as much caffeine as you’d expect.
Whatever it is that makes you feel like you’re doing real work even though you’re gonna be cooped up indoors for a week.
I did my entire dissertation while alternating between the red and blue a-camp hoodies, so clearly there’s magic in up your work situation.I have a typewriter and an endless supply of a5 muji notebooks to work through first drafts. I’ll admit the last one wasn’t always 100% foolproof for me, so as a back-up plan i also suggest “surrendering control of your facebook account to your partner.
No, seriously, you’re running a marathon here, not a sprint – if you’re breaking out the instant noodles from day one, you’re not gonna make it.
The course of the week i also acquired two whole cakes (it was my birthday), an 8-pack of kit kat chunky bars (also on sale) and a bag of salted peanuts.
It’s tempting to play it by ear when you’re so close to the deadline and frustrated by feeling you’re getting nowhere on the word count, but it is way worse to realise you have no idea where you’re going 3,000 words in.Plan your work schedule, too: know how much you need to get done and by when, and be realistic about how much you can achieve in a day. Definitely take breaks, but remember that you absolutely cannot afford to be losing momentum this your sh*t together (literally).
I use a combination of dropbox (check out alternatives if you don’t like the thought of condoleezza rice hovering over your cloud storage), goodreader, and lugging library books in an an 18-litre cycling backpack everywhere to make sure i have absolutely no excuse to not be writing no matter where i am.
Few things are a stronger motivation to get your thesis done than an aching your face.Well okay maybe caffeine is your friend (it probably is, isn’t it) but it definitely isn’t mine.
This is probably good advice for life in general, but let’s be real, you’re a student – you can have pizza next week, okay?
You know what works best for you, and now’s not the best time to coax your sleep cycle into something that it’s not.
I slept mainly from 5am to 2pm, only entering the school library after 10pm when everyone else was !
For college-themed aural pleasures (yeah i said it), can i recommend maddie’s surviving finals, rachel’s you have so much grading to do, and intern grace’s i’ve got a crush on your dumb face?
Moving ’s foucault’s history of sexuality that’s making me blush, i swear, not youvia iiiix.Tv series – in this case, orange is the new black and suits, plus laura has plenty of suggestions to realise your inner couch potato – help me work through longer assignments because they’re an integral part of my self-reward system.
The best advice i got was “you’re writing a dissertation, not changing the world. Your brain is going to feel like it’s melting all the time and you will be so tired but also there’ll be those moments when you’ll really get it, like really get it, and you’re a smart, competent human who’s done so many smart, competent things and this will be just one more of those things.
Curl up in bed for a while, or take a walk, or text your favourite human/ second best advice i got was “think of how good it’ll feel to return all the library books.
There’s no more food left in your flat except canned soup and twisties and lol, “sleep.You’re going to see through the sunset and sunrise but you’re not gonna see either of them because you’re not looking at anything except your computer screen for eight straight hours.
The world impatiently awaits what you have to say about postmodernist thought in korean variety shows, you special ’re a goddamn champion.That one sticky bit in the third chapter is probably going to bug you for a bit, but don’t think about it anymore – it’s nothing a good tv marathon or 16 hours of sleep can’t you head off to rejoin the human world (or hang out with your cat all weekend, that’s cool too), consider donating to or volunteering with a related charity/activist group.