18/10 Thesis Progress: Procrastinating like it’s a Sport

Oh dear. It’s been a while. My levels of panic and stress and pressure have reached unforeseen heights, and while I’m all ready to get started and actually start raking up the WORDS for my thesis, guess what? I still haven’t started. My supervisor has been very helpful and has given me a lot of guidance; he’s basically said it completely clearly: START.WRITING. But I just haven’t. Yet. I’ve been meaning to. But everything else on my to-do list now looks so shiny compared to the dreaded task of Starting To Write The Thesis.

Everything is daunting and overwhelming and yes, I’ve “done this before”, but still. I’m having panic attacks and fits of crying and sleepless nights. Woe is me, seriously.

So now I’m at the IT centre at university. Bright and early (hey, it’s 11am). And I have a number of little things to do on my to-do list (totally not thesis-related), and my feedly blog reading list is always delightfully plump and full of delicious posts to read.


I am going to try and get a start on my thesis before I do any of that. Hmm. Let’s see how that goes.

5 thoughts on “18/10 Thesis Progress: Procrastinating like it’s a Sport

  1. Matt

    I wouldn’t worry too much – I started writing in January and was writing a steady 600 words a day on average – and managed fine by the end (indeed I was done from writing proper by the beginning of April!)

    1. clairebonello Post author

      Thanks so much for the encouragement, Matt! My concern is that I’m aiming to do the warrant exam in March (so I’ll also be busy with that during the first three months of next year), and I have other little things to do which might get in the way. But, as you said, it should be fine if I have a steady amount of words being churned out over a few months. :)

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