Grad School Diary: How Research Papers Begin

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On Monday I went to bed ridiculously early. I do this sometimes when I am feeling  meh. Around midnight I woke up and couldn't sleep. As I listened to the loud traffic outside: which I actually like - my apartment being right next to the highway - I realized with a start that my paper proposals were due next week and that I was still uncertain what to  write about. Nor had I done any great research!

This threw me off balance so I started panicking. I got out of bed -- it would be impossible to sleep in that state of mind, even have a few new pimples to show for the stress. I had to make some changes. The first thing I did was to log off of Facebook so it's not always in my face - stalking is now postponed.  I also had to work out a way to minimize my obsession with Mawusi. You might be surprised how much time I spend on that little shop. Also, I got rid of my laundry. It had been sitting there for weeks.  Then I had to make sure everything was well organized, including my closet. This may sound weird, but I often have strong urges to clean and sort out my closet when I am writing a paper; hence it is important to remove all distractions. I have picked the topics which I find exciting to write on. And I've started writing yesterday. As everything is due today's week. I think I will pull it off.

Why am I here? I think I can handle blogging and working on a paper.  It is not as big of a distraction as the shop, or a messy room.  But if it becomes a distraction, I will cease to be here until it is all over. How do you get ready for a paper?

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  1. I hope you get everything done!!! Writing papers are so stressful. I'm sure you'll get it all done with no problems! Just look forward to the semester ending soon.

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    1. Yes, Ayla! I can't wait for summer vacation. Just the thought and I break out in happiness :D And I will have more time to read and comment on your thoughtful posts. Thank you.

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