The Unmotivated Professor

11 01 2012

I think I should change the name of this blog to the title of this post.  I cannot seem to find ANY motivation this semester.  I sit here at my computer with PowerPoint open, surrounded by textbooks, but I can’t seem to make myself transfer the information from the written page to digital screen.

That’s not the only area in which I cannot seem to find any motivation.  READING!  We all know that reading research articles is a key ingredient in staying up on the current research in your field, but that doesn’t make me want to read them all of the time.

My to do list is also staring me in the face, but have I checked anything off of it this week? Nope.

Is anyone else finding it hard to get motivated for this semester? Normally I am not this poorly motivated, but this semester seems to have me beaten already.  I’m not a rocket scientist, but it could possibly have something to do with the fact that we have a 2-year old and a 2-month old in our house.  They are both great and both sleep really well, but that doesn’t mean that having two as compared to one isn’t more exhausting.  Hopefully things will stabilize soon and I can get back to my normal semi-motivated self!

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12 01 2012
karldcollins

Josh i feel your pain. I am trying to start writing my thesis and getting going is bordering on the impossible. I am spending my time blogging instead! I think you maybe you need to approach it like a swim in the sea at 6 am. There is no point hanging around on the edge, you just have to jump straight in, paper cuts and all! I started with writing up data, miserable to satisfying!

12 01 2012
joshuca

I feel for you! Writing my thesis was not any fun, and I feel for anyone who is in that process. Thanks for the advice. Maybe I’ll dive in head first tomorrow.

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