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It’s Saturday morning, and I’m sitting in a sunlit coffee shop, thinking about the work I should be doing, and wondering where the heck the week went. I don’t know about the rest of you, but this first week back after reading week hit me like a ton or bricks.. or a bag of theory-laden, heavy textbooks. All week I’ve been intending to bring you some kind of enthusiastic update about getting focused and tapping into that post-break energy… but alas. I got so bogged down with everything that the days swam away from me and I’m only now catching up.

The good news is that today is a deliciously-optimistic feeling day. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and the forecasters are promising temperatures of 10 degrees — I can feel my plan to get half a ten-page paper written today slipping away in a vitamin-D infused frenzy of outside-time…

No, truly: with only six weeks of classes to go, I’m going to have to channel my self-discipline. When the end is in sight, I think it’s marginally easier to break things into manageable chunks. Knowing, for example, that I’ve got this ten page paper due on Monday (truth be told, it was due last Wednesday, but since I was already bogged down with giving a presentation for the same class that day, I groveled for an extension) means I can set myself some mini-goals towards getting it done. Write half today, and then write the other half tomorrow, leaving Monday morning for editing and tidying up. Done. (ha! It’s so easy to write! We’ll see if things actually unfold that way!).

Which leads me to this: as we ready ourselves for the final push towards the end of the semester, my attention was recently drawn to an upcoming workshop I think might be truly helpful. It’s another even being hosted by the oh-so-helpful people at the Queen’s Learning Commons — a workshop they are calling “Manufacturing Motivation.” Apparently it is going to be based on the idea that “motivation doesn’t appear: it needs to be “manufactured and nurtured with the right mental state and work approaches.” The intent is to help us understand “why our motivation might wane during grad school, and how we can regain and retain our motivation through the course of our programs.” Whooooo! If someone could sit down with me RIGHT NOW and go over the basics, I’d be grateful.

The workshop (which is being taught by the wonderfully energetic and enthusiastic Barbara Fretz)  is being held on March 25, from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Stauffer Library. Register online here: http://www.queensu.ca/qlc/index.html

Posted in SGS Blog 2010-2011, Student Perspective, Uncategorized

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