Discipline and Exile

I am, I think, at least two weeks behind.

I am not surprised at this.  I am, however, saddened by it a little bit.

I have about two weeks to knock out my first draft of my prospectus for the dissertation, and I haven’t finished reading all of my primary sources yet.  That’s my first goal.  Of course, reading and taking notes on these sources serves double duty for me since the other part of prepping for exams is constructing an annotated bibliography.  So I’m killing two birds with one stone, as disgusting as that analogy is, and that’s good.

But it feels at times like slogging through mud.  And I have little discipline to say no to all of the other things that I distract me from the task at hand.  Every single day, there is something else to do…work, FHE, Institute, weekend trips, responsibilities, etc.

So I think that I have decided to exile myself this week.  No Institute socializing–only Institute studying.  No TV watching–only TV taping or watching while multitasking and doing something else (like cleaning my house!).  No IMing or hours of Facebooking or randomly blogging with memes that just waste time.  Just a week full of reading and writing and cleaning and putting together birthday/going away presents.

I am not sure that I can do it.  I am not sure I am disciplined enough. I am not sure I am motivated enough, except when I think about the fact that if I work hard this week, I can play next week, which is VERY important to me.

I hope I survive.   Wish me luck.

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