Holiday season is great for many things, but I believe research is not one of those things.
Holidays mean more friends available to catch up, better days to stay outside and less people at the office for the same amount of work. These are hardly helpful factors when it comes to arrive home and getting things done with research.
Since I try not to be an easy quitter, I’m trying to balance things but at the end of the day, the effort to sort everything out – the effort to balance – is in itself another disturbing and tiring factor to add up.
But I’ll keep trying.
It means I have three days to start, finish, revise, fine-tune, wrap-up & put the golden ribbon on a (supposed to be) three-month work.
I hope I’ll be able to comeback tomorrow with good news.
It has been something like this, but just without the fun part:
I decided to make an effort in order to post more regularly, namely e-v-er-y–d-a-y, hoping that would press me to present results / work harder / be embarassed to come here with nothing to tell or no progress to show.
I was wrong. I’m here, but there was nothing read, written or done today whatsoever. Now even recycling my German skills are ahead, reclaiming the place of marathon training.
I shall comeback tomorrow, hopefully with a conference paper half finished. Let’s go.
Just a perfect Sunday afternoon.
The last drops of sweat. The spiral of sleep deprivation.
I’ve got new feedback from my supervisor and things should be approaching its epilogue. Some fine-tuning is needed, but no major changes. The goal is to submit the final version until the end of the month, in order to have everything done (for now…) until the end of the year. I guess I won’t be sleeping that much during this month.
Yesterday I sent draft version #6 to my supervisor. I’m not completely happy with it, but it’s my first complete, full version. I have the impression several versions will still be produced, so time allows.
Another day that I tried too much and no relevant work appears to be done. Which is not that unexpected, given that working plus studying plus all-family-gathered-and-my-brother’s-in-town is not the way things work more efficiently.
Nevertheless, I evolved in some ‘soft issues’ and hope that can help with the writing. The clock is ticking.
This is already a classic post, as it has been used before. The mind map is a house favourite and much is expected from it. For now, an initial sketch, mainly with the stakeholders to consider and other expected branches. Let’s see how it develops.