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Revel in the Beauty of Imperfection

Many traditions, Persian and Navajo to name a couple, have a practice that every hand-woven carpet, no matter how beautiful must contain one flaw somewhere in its design. The idea is that only the Divine is perfect, and that all other things are inherently flawed, thus the carpet must reflect the world’s natural imperfection by containing at least one flaw. Though few of us these days spend our time weaving carpets, how freeing would it be to approach our daily work with such an open acceptance of imperfection? Now if you're like most dissertation writers, you're probably thinking, "I don't have to deliberately engineer a flaw in my dissertation. There are so many, and they are so obvious!" First, your dissertation probably is not nearly so flawed as you believe it to be, and what flaws it does have are undoubtedly not as obvious [...]

By | April 1st, 2016|Dissertation, Dissertation Procrastination|0 Comments

Beat Dissertation Procrastination, One Tomato at a Time

Does any of this sound like you? “I’ll start writing as soon as I’m done browsing the Huffington Post.” “I’ll just finish writing these e-mails, then I’ll start writing.” “I love this Dr. Who episode!  I’ll just watch a few minutes …”  “I can’t work with all this clutter in my office.  Let me just spend some time straightening up, and then I’ll write.” Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net And three hours later, the only thing that’s changed is that your stress and guilt of gone up, because you still haven’t started working.  If all this sounds too familiar, try using this simple technique to beat Procrastination one small step at a time.  Whether your own challenge is that of procrastination, or that of having too many demands placed on your time, the Pomodoro technique can help you successfully manage your [...]

By | October 27th, 2014|Dissertation Procrastination|1 Comment