Do you have many things to do instead of doing thesis work? Clothes to wash? Walk to take? Pen to buy? I personally did meta-procrastination by going to the event « Writings Strategies for Procrastinators » last Wednesday at Thompson House. It was organized by two graduate students in Educational Psychology. I learned there some… Read More Do you need help to write?
In our circles, it is not uncommon to hear a colleague say something along the lines of, “No, I didn’t do it yet… I have been procrastinating!” I always understood procrastination as bad. It is something that we should feel guilty about. A barrier to our professionalism and important contributions to society. It’s that thing… Read More The gift of procrastination
Having a crazy amount of writing to do this weekend, I have decided to start things off in the most productive way I can think of: intensely procrastinating. My plan is to check emails – maybe every 15 minutes, while watching CNN (I don’t even like CNN). Maybe eat a box of chocolates until I… Read More Procrastination
I never thought I’d wish that I were a bird, but by the end of this post you might also. I exercise quite frequently, and though I’ve never been a big fitness buff (pun intended) I still make time to keep fit and healthy. Interestingly, not all species have to do that. Imagine… Read More Fit As A Bird?
Ah, grad school. Aka the years of your life where you’re learning how much you don’t know, pushing your personal and professional boundaries, and managing an outrageously busy schedule. Grad school schedules come with deadlines. Deadlines for abstract submissions, funding applications, and course work, on top of lab meetings, data collection, and social endeavours. Here… Read More Top 5 Tips to Increase Productivity
What I call “thinking days” are the days you take for yourself. It can be to sleep in, to organize non-school related appointments, to meet a friend for lunch, or even to watch Netflix. Whatever you need to do! Whatever you want to do! In the meantime, while you feel like you’re procrastinating on your… Read More Thinking days ≠ procrastination
Being a grad student, being any student for that matter, or just being alive usually means there’s a lot going on and a lot on your mind. There are a myriad of ways to take your mind off things for a little while, but personally I love to read. To me reading takes me away… Read More Taking Down Time: Tiny Escapes
Full name: Graduate Student. When your name is Graduate and your surname Student, you come to realize how the word time gets more and more often into your conversations. It’s always a matter of time: the time you are supposed to spend sleeping, the time for eating and feeding yourself up (yes, it does exist!),… Read More “To be or not to be?”: Time and Graduate Life
Somewhere between now and forever. That sounds about right. Isn’t that the gist of your reply to family members and friends who just don’t get why you’re still a PhD student? So much has changed in the world, and you’re still at it. I mean, how long does it take to write a thesis? Just… Read More The Writer’s Toolkit: 14 things that could change how you feel about writing
“There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” ~ Red Smith Today, I discovered the trick to writing. It’s plain and simple. So plain and simple, in fact, it’ll sound downright ridiculous. But here it goes: The trick to writing is to write. Doesn’t that sound… Read More The trick to writing