Monday, February 27, 2006

Sad, but relieved.

I canceled my Europe trip today. I'm sad.

I now have 10 days in row (starting Wed.) to work on my dissertation, a manuscript revision, and a book chapter. I'm relieved.

Please, please, please, let this all come together and be over soon. And please, please, please let these 10 days be good productivie writing days, not plagued by too many blocks/issues so that I do not regret canceling this trip.


ScienceWoman said...

:( for your trip but :) for your newly-freed block of time to get work done. And promise yourself that you will take time off after the dissertation is handed over.

Seeking Solace said...

Yes, do reward yourself for finishing the job.

Hang in there...all of us in blogland are rooting for you!

sheepish said...

Maybe you shouldn't put so much pressure on yourself to "make the most" of your non-vacation time. I would think it would be more healthy to try to get as much as you can done, but if you end up doing less than you hoped, consider it a bit of recovery period too. I think it's important to keep in perspective that you have a great job you're going to, have done a good research topic, and have put in nearly all the hard work for a Ph.D. Sure, that doesn't make the pressure of getting it done go away, but there's more to life than diss. writing, despite how it seems.

Oh, and most universities have mechanisms for turning in dissertations after the deadline. You might not officially graduate until the end of next semester (summer, I guess), but you can get a letter of completion that would be sufficient to start your job. Just keep in mind that it wouldn't be the end of the world if you missed the deadline by a few days or weeks even. Hang in there!