Saturday, September 02, 2006

Why can I not seem to finish this paper?

Do I want to get fired? Because if I don't get this paper accepted by next summer that is likely to happen! Every time I come back to working on it, I realize that the paper is almost FINISHED! I have to make some serious progress this weekend. If only I had finished it in JANUARY instead of spending so much time on proposals that weren't even funded. ARRGHHH! I think I better go for a walk this morning. I am tempted to skip it and work on this paper before D wakes up, but I'm afraid the stress will drive me crazy if I don't get some exercise ( I already missed 1 exercise day this week).

Did I mention that I go up for tenure next year?

4 comments:

Arbitrista (formerly Publius) said...

Ouch. Good luck!

Dr. Medusa said...

Ayyy! The tenure clock, it ticks for me as well. Of course you do not want to work on the paper. You feel like there is too much riding on it. Try somehow not to think about it as the paper that will make or break you. You have probably already decided what to do, but a walk or a promise of a walk always helps me focus. Maybe spend some time mapping out a writing strategy for the day and then go out for a walk?

betty said...

sounds to me like you might have found the motivation you need. i never get anything done unless it's The Last Minute. nothing like a little adrenaline to push you through that last mile. good luck!

Addy N. said...

Thanks for the good wishes everyone! I did take a walk this morning, then we went to lunch and ran errands. This afternoon is pretty much a wash, so I will spend some time with D playing Sorry and relaxing. Tomorrow morning, I will work on the paper when I wake up! I have given myself a deadline of September 15th to finish and submit it! I'll keep you posted...