As this week has been the most stressful thus far, I’m offering some insight into the reasons why I don’t answer my phone, text back in a timely manner, attend social events, or do anything else really. Besides the fact I’m lazy. Here’s a typical day in the life of a doctoral student. Or maybe it’s just me.
4:02am – Coffee
4:06am – Open approximately 23 tabs of research articles and 1 word doc
4:10am – Try to figure out what I’m doing with my life
4:13am – Start typing
4:45am – Panic because I’ve forgotten where I was going with the million words crossing my mind
4:46am – Re-read everything previously written the past 32 mins
5:01am – Silence the alarm for the time I used to wake up before I decided to go back to school
5:02am – Panic again because the realization has set in I only have 58 more mins to type before I have to wake up mini
5:18am – Close one word doc and open another because I’m an idiot with overlapping classes
5:31am – Silence the alarm for the time I used to get up, back when mini didn’t go to school and I had a conscious thought process
5:42am – Check the due dates and put my head on the desk
5:43am – Sigh loudly, drink the coffee that’s now gone cold, and rethink my life choices
5:45am – Frantically type 250 more words in order to feel good about the perception I’ve done absolutely nothing the past 2 hours
6:00am – Contemplate requesting leave for the next 3 years until school is done
P.S. something terrible happened this past weekend and a file I had been working on went corrupt…kaput…a big middle finger to hours of work. No recovery software could save it. Alas, I cried. A lot. No one warned me I would be so emotional.
I ask you –
Sorry. I have no questions. I’m typing this at an indecent hour because I totally forgot I hadn’t edited anything for the blog this week and I would feel bad for letting my readers down if I didn’t at least try to post something. So here it is. Something. You’re welcome.
(The post Anatomy of Paper Writing first appeared here at Running on Fumes.)
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