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The Productivity Trap

The Productivity Trap

Working three days a week means that technically speaking, I have more days off work than days at work. Despite this, I still feel an enormous sense of pressure to get things done on those days off — to hit writing targets, take photos for instagram, write blog posts, run errands, do dance practice… All the things I don’t have the time or energy to do on work days. This is not inherently a problem. I’m pretty sure this kind…

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Seasonal Procrastination

Seasonal Procrastination

Sunshine, I’ve concluded, is not conducive to getting work done. It really makes me question why exams are held in the summer, because it’s the absolute worst time of year for getting anything done. I mean, sure, it’s still cold outside at the moment — it’s April in England, we’re lucky to have sunshine at all. But I woke up this morning, saw the bright blue sky (a far cry from yesterday’s foreboding, overcast day), and knew that I wasn’t…

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Unproductive and Unprepared

Unproductive and Unprepared

My plan for the first couple of weeks of the holiday wasn’t complicated. I’d work on my dissertation, and hopefully get a good chunk of it written. I’d go to enough dance classes to learn all my steps (well, everything except hornpipe; that would be too much to ask). I’d read for fun and catch up on a few shows I’ve been neglecting and get out my harp for the first time in far too many months. But it turns…

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A Conspiracy Against Productivity

A Conspiracy Against Productivity

It hasn’t been the easiest few days for me, to the point where I’m beginning to think there’s a conspiracy in place to stop me ever beginning to catch up on work. I’ve resigned myself to being somewhat behind and the fact that I can’t change this, but I was hoping not to fall further behind. Sadly, it was not to be. On Friday, I was collecting a book for my next Brittonic History essay when I tripped slightly on…

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First Drafts And Second Guesses

First Drafts And Second Guesses

I spent a lot of time second-guessing my decision to do NaNoWriMo this year. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense, committing to write fifty thousand words this month when I have multiple essays, dissertation drafts, translations, and other work-related things to do. It would mean I couldn’t read as much, and would generally be one stress more than I needed. I also couldn’t face the thought of failing. I have never lost NaNo, not since I was thirteen…

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Unreliable Muses

Unreliable Muses

What is it about poetry that’s so unpredictable and inconsistent? Like most writers, I’m prone to fluctuating between “write as often as possible and ignore this concept of the ‘muse’ because it’ll never turn up” and “I can’t write, I have no inspiration”. The two are contradictory, and often I’m aiming for the former but the latter sneaks up on me and becomes a ready-made excuse for why I haven’t done anything for weeks except reblog gifs of tiny little…

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Afternoon Naps And Essay Crises

Afternoon Naps And Essay Crises

Sometimes it occurs to me how much more I’d be able to get done if I didn’t spend quite so much of my time asleep. Take yesterday, for example — despite having set an alarm, I found myself waking up at 4pm, thoroughly confused and on the brink of panicking about how much work I had to do. With two essays to get done this weekend, I couldn’t really afford the ridiculous lie-in… but it happened anyway. And then I…

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You Win Some, You Lose Some

You Win Some, You Lose Some

This year, I told myself, I’m going to be productive. I can’t control my health, but I can get ahead with my work, and then when I inevitably have a health crisis in the middle of the term, it isn’t so bad. Two essays due for early next/this week? Not a problem. I can do that. And on Friday and Saturday, I did. I was woken at eight by a fire alarm, so I got straight on with the day:…

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Baby Steps Are Still Steps

Baby Steps Are Still Steps

This is not a post I particularly feel like posting. I wrote the majority of it yesterday, when I felt a little bit less awful and hopeless than today. Here I am sitting at my computer at the end of a dull and unproductive day, where I spent most of my time curled up in a chair watching the second hand of my old clockwork pocket watch because it proved to me that time was passing even though I wasn’t…

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How To Be Productive

How To Be Productive

It’s the beginning of a new school year which, if you’re anything like me, is kind of a time to make ‘New Year’s Resolutions’. I mean, everyone breaks theirs by the end of January, normally – starting in September means you automatically got further than they did. Plus, it’s a more practical time to make a fresh start if you’re going to a new school or college or simply reinventing yourself with different teachers or students. As I’m now in…

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