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yay, i passed one of my final exams today - and i did far better than i thought! am very pleased, i thought this exam was going to ruin my overall grade average... now i have 3 weeks to write the discussion and conclusion of my MA thesis - that's looking a bit grim will be spending all my time in my office - just like the last 3 months. did a bit of retail therapy today to celebrate the happy occasion.
and then one more oral exam in mid september...
just thought i would give all of you fellow night-workers a boost
then try and read one of those articles/day. then maybe two articles/day when you've got into the (working) rhythm. then three...you get my point. update your reference software each time you read an article, that way the workload won't build up. tidy your desk up regularly. make a little list of tasks you want to accomplish in one week and try and manage them all. if you don't, make a shorter list the next week. and so on...
the thing is to drag yourself out of that deep black hole. the problem is, when you're depressed that is of course the hardest thing in the world to do. try baby steps, they're more managable. tell yourself: i will tidy up my desk today, sort out all the rubbish and my notes. put on some nice music while you're doing it. it's mechanical, manageable and whilst it is not phd work, it is work in preparation for stepping back into your phd. then the next day you could print out your work so far and look at what you've written, you've probably forgotten half of it anyway (i have since last year...). ok, so now you're in the topic again. now sort out your literature, update your referencing software (or start it if you haven't). that will take a few days, it's not that quick. what next? well, how about googling for new articles/literature on your topic, there's bound to be new stuff out since last year. check out your "favourite" authors, see if they've published new stuff.
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