Mar. 17th, 2009

wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (muramatsu-writing-me)
Some of the best advice in Writing Your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day boils down to how to expect the unexpected. Basically, she argues that by not doing work today, when you can do work and you're not sick and there are no emergencies, you're setting yourself up to be derailed later by an unavoidable emergency. And then you'll say "Oh, I couldn't help it; it was unavoidable; how could I have known?" And that's certainly true to an extent, but when you have a huge project like a thesis or a dissertation (or a novel), you also have a kind of obligation to yourself to get work done on free-and-clear days so that you aren't caught flat-footed on unimaginable emergency days. It's just so hard to imagine anything going wrong on days like today, but in the last year I've known people to have been blindsided by major medical problems like diabetic ketoacidosis and aneurysms, but even a round of gastroenteritis ("stomach flu") or a bad cold or a twisted ankle can throw off a deadline a little or a lot--and for that matter so can spilling water on your laptop (BEEN THERE) or having your car suddenly quit working (DITTO) or having to replace your microwave or needing to help your friend move or having to find a new job or tons of small things adding up. So while you couldn't have prevented the emergency from occurring, you could have gotten yourself ahead enough on non-emergency days to lessen the impact of the emergency (obviously in some cases more than others).

The problem is acting on this. Sigh.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (ghibli-daydreams-me)
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