I’m reaching a new level of procrastination today. I have a short dissertation prospectus (1-2 single-spaced pages) to write for a workshop that I’ll be attending in two weeks. What I send to the workshop won’t be the final version that I submit to my department and what I’m trying to write in the next few days will just be a draft of what I send to the workshop. And I’ve already presented a version of a prospectus to my cohort over the summer so I’ve already stared the beast in the face and I have sixteen pages plus six weeks of research worth of usable material. But I just don’t feel like doing it so instead I’m going to put off the work by reading some secondary literature. I never procrastinate by doing more academic work. I usually put off my own work by reading magazines, watching television, talking to people, sometimes by cleaning, never by doing more academic work. I’ve reached a new and dangerous level of procrastination where I actually feel good about what I’m doing to avoid what I should be doing.
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