I have written about procrastination here before, but it is such a natural part of our lives, I figured it could use a little extra attention. Now, before you get all defensive, shrug your shoulders and say to yourself, “I’m not a procrastinator!” while dragging your mouse to the X on the top-right of this… Read More What type of procrastinator are you?
Well, I suppose that title would have more effect had it been posted during the past two weeks. But if I finally wrote my second blog post when I PLANNED to write my second blog post, then it wouldn’t be procrastinating. I’ve certainly had ideas for blog posts, but for some reason the longer I… Read More ‘Tis the season to procrastinate
After the holidays – those crazy, lazy, sugar-hazy vacation days that we will all miss terribly – it could be hard to get back into the swing of things. Getting up with an alarm, for one, could be the day’s first and greatest challenge. It might be tempting, now more than ever, to hit snooze,… Read More Tomorrow is NOT another day: Tips to overcome procrastination
My favorite time of the year, the holidays, have come to a close. The holiday period for me symbolizes spending time with family and friends, cooking and eating together, laughing and creating memories. It is a time that I cherish and look forward to. Just prior to the holiday break, however, I realized… Read More The thief of time
Is your thesis deadline fast approaching? Do you have tons of work to do, yet you can’t seem to get enough done in one day? Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself during these springy-summery days, when classes are out, departments are quieter, and your bike and the neighborhood park are calling your name… Read More 10 ways to enhance your productivity
Four months ago, I was offered the opportunity to become a grad life blogger at McGill University. First week. I was ecstatic. I was telling everyone I knew, “I am a blogger now”. Turns out I actually have to post something before I can claim that title. Second week. I complained that everything I wanted… Read More Signal to Noise ratio
Why would you voluntarily commit to a project in which you have to make yourself sit with the computer for longer than you anyway do? Why would you write for the blog, as if you don’t do enough writing while trying to churn out a doctoral dissertation. And you don’t even get paid (when did… Read More Why Do I Write This Blog?
1. Calculate your student loan payments. Think about emigrating. Feel suddenly ill. 2. Google diseases that match your symptoms. 3. Stumble upon an article on Graduate School Neuroses at The Chronicle of Higher Learning. Realize that hypochondria is rather prevalent among people like you. Feel less special. 4. Go to the movies before noon. The AMC… Read More 10 Things to do instead of writing your thesis proposal
My friends often make fun of me because of how obsessed I appear to be with schedules. And, yes, I will play on this by pretending to be some sort of crazy OCD, superbly self-disciplined machine who sticks to his schedule AT ALL COSTS. But, the harsh reality is that I’m not at all this… Read More Now and later