Happy New Year!

Hello, dear readers! Welcome to 2011. I hope it’s treating you in style so far. Kingston is quiet today — apparently a lot of the world has today off (what with the holiday falling on a weekend). I’m at a local coffee shop, watching families gather together over hot chocolate, still in holiday-mode.

I, meanwhile, have drawn up a massive (and, I’ll admit it, it’s a little intimidating) To-Do list which I was determined to get going on this morning. Regretfully, however, I woke up with a headache (and no, dear readers, it’s not the result of too much alcohol) which has rather slowed me down.  Rather than allowing myself to feel overwhelmed, however, I’m going to do my best to break my tasks into manageable, bite-sized chunks. After all, I’m probably expecting too much of myself by thinking I can take on a full schedule of massive tasks like “DO THESIS RESEARCH.” It is, however, totally possible to break the big task into a bunch of smaller ones (ie. read one article, write one response, write one blog post on thesis project website, etc).

Today’s goal, for example, is to do my third (gah! third?) re-write of my application for ethics clearance so that I can finally get started with my primary research. Once that’s been submitted, I can start working away on everything else that needs to get done. I’m on a schedule to finish up my degree by September — sometimes that sounds like a lot. Other times, I realize it’s not very much!

In other news: over the holidays I clipped an interesting article in the Globe and Mail on procrastination. Here’s a link to the article:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/family-and-relationships/procrastinators-youll-read-this-later/article1848869/

Inspired by two new books about procrastination the article, by John Allemang, says that 90% of us suffer from it — grad students especially, I’m sure! Apparently procrastinators do well with daily deadlines. We’re also really good at working in ‘crunch’ situations and we’re really good with focus when we need it. “People who put things off know that somehow things get done,” writes Allemang, a self-confessed procrastinator. “Once in the zone, they experience an elation that surely eludes the obedient time-servers.” There are, however, lots of reasons why procrastination isn’t good for you: according to the article, we’re less happy, less wealthy and even less healthy (gah!) because we procrastinate on getting medical help when we need it. Ultimately, procrastination doesn’t seem to serve any great purpose — it really is just a case of us getting in our own way.

Which is why I’m determined to get started on today’s mini to-do list. Take that, procrastination!

Posted in SGS Blog 2010-2011, Student Perspective
One comment on “Happy New Year!
  1. glad to see you survived the holidays and are now raring to go! I had better read the article too as I have much to do to welcome our new intake of Grad Students.

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