The Science Thesis Blog: Procrastination got worse not better

I’ve been lazy. I was nearly sticking to my deadlines till I decided to come to Malta.  That’s the closest place I’ve got to home – I’m a nomad and I’ve never truly felt home anywhere in this world (closest places are scenes of natural beauty with people I love, China, Germany, Edinburgh, Malta, Dubai, Libya, all have touched me).  Malta has got my parents and old friends.  I’ve learnt many things, which friends I was closest to and were most special to me. How I’ve changed since I left Malta four years ago. How my parents have changed. How I love the new house – I can actually go for walks and take pictures of beautiful things:

I’m enjoying the return and it’s teaching a lot about myself.

This is all me, me, me, me what about thesis, thesis, thesis? Ha! 3 weeks after I was meant to start and this is the only week I’ve managed to actually get some work done.

Materials and methods: 90% done, 1st draft (Francesca – the post doc who rescued my PhD – suggested a lot of changes so I had to notch it down from 100% to 90% – I hadn’t been slacking off that much!)

Mitochondria Chapter: 70% ready.

Figures for all Chapters 60% ready.

Meeting deadlines: 1 month late…

A month a whole bloody extra month. I’m pretty pissed off with myself. Will that provide motivation, will I finally sit down, switch of twitter, facebook, msn, skype, emails and get cracking on it. Hardcore cracking, that’s What i’m referring to. Will power! That’s what I need, but how do you force yourself to do something you do not want to do. Now that’s something to ponder. Or is it another desperate attempt at procrastination?


  1. Sometimes it helps if you can convince yourself you *do* want to do it really! Remind yourself why you’re there, try to remember the things you like and care about and how they relate to your work?

    Good luck man!

    • edwardduca said:

      Thanks mate, ehh some good advice. 🙂 Thanks again 🙂

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