How to not write your thesis

It’s been a while since I published anything here.  Life and schoolwork have kept me busy.  I finished the first final draft of my master’s thesis.  It took my chair three weeks to read the new part and return it, which means I am on an even tighter deadline than before the delay to graduate this semester.  And yet, I am beating myself up again for not working harder and faster on my paper this week in order to turn it in by Friday.  I will have to turn it in Monday, as my professor suggested when he gave it to me.  It probably is for the best, since I have to run additional tests on data, check my APA formatting, etc. before I give it to him.  I’m going biking Saturday, so I really have to buckle down and finish what I can before and after jazz band and my hopefully very brief student meeting tomorrow.

Here is a list of ways to avoid writing (or editing) your thesis:

  • Check out blogs and other websites; possibly follow up by writing about your inability to focus on your project.
  • Watch “just one” episode of an engrossing TV show, and let it turn into a five-hour marathon of intense soul-searching through the characters in the program.
  • Practice your music, which has nothing to do with the thesis
  • Workout and view information on sports health
  • Drink and socialize because you’re worn out from worrying about your thesis and your physical health
  • Agonize over running shoes online
  • Look for the latest and greatest new bands and their albums

The list is infinite.  What would you add?

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Advice from the Cat

Finish the laundry.  Fold it and put it away.  Otherwise, I will cover it in fur.  Even if you put it away, my fur will cover everything.

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I am so far behind on my thesis.  The extra classes and assistantship sapped my time and energy yet again.  I will still aim to finish my data collection before the next semester.  The other data coder seems to have retreated from the university.  I don’t know if I can rely on her to code anything else–she finished the second pilot study–and training a new coder may be difficult.

I should finish it and put it away, before everything is covered in fur again.