I should have been working on my dissertation, but there were so many other things to do! The laundry basket was overflowing, the food in the refrigerator was all past its “use by” date, and the lawn leaves needed to be raked. OK – I’m making all that up. Yes, there was stuff to do, but it really could wait. But even so, I couldn’t seem to get started again. I could find a million excuses for not writing today, because I was tired of the whole project. At one time, I absolutely loved my topic, and now I couldn’t stand it. My chair told me that it was normal to go through dry spells like this one, but understanding my lack of motivation and getting done are two quite different things.
Here are some of the things that are going through my head while I contemplate whether or not to sit at the computer for another day of staring at the screen and not getting much done:
- My chair isn’t giving me helpful feedback.
- My chair isn’t giving me any feedback.
- My chair is giving me too much feedback.
- I hate seeing all of the markups when my chair returns my work.
- I’d rather be on the beach. I’d rather be skiing. I’d rather be cleaning the toilet.
- Can I do this?
- Am I good enough?
- Will I ever be able to get done?
Sound familiar? Here’s a link to a short article by Dr. Travis Bradberry called “How to Make Yourself Work When You’re Not in the Mood.”
Take a few minutes to read it now!