Many of us are supposed to be working on their thesis which are to be defended and presented some time in May this year, but are we actually doing that?
Let me first define what a procrastinator is for those who have no clue what the word means (but soon might identify themselves as procrastinators). A procrastinator is a person who intentionally postpones doing something that should be done (because of being lazy or having no desire to do it). I personally think that working on other tasks have nothing to do with the one(s) that should be done (as some sort of distraction) is also very much related to procrastination.
Talking to some colleagues from my own programme and other programmes, I realized that at some stage of our work with the thesis, we are/were not really doing much or got ourselves busy with other unimportant tasks.
Is that “normal”?
It depends on many factors including you as a person and the way you work, the topic you chose and the nature of the study, but the more I talk with different people in the same situation, the more I realize that it’s a phase that everybody experienced/experiences, so I can’t say that it’s normal, but I can say that it’s quite common.
One of the reasons according to my opinion is the fact that you suddenly feel you’re on your own (although you have supervisors). Earlier when there were courses, there were short-term strict deadlines that were set by others and now the situation has changed. You’re the one who’s setting all the deadlines and the whole time plan. Moreover, it was also possible to see what your colleagues were doing and how they managed to do certain tasks and have time estimates, but now you have completely different tasks than other colleagues and it’s very difficult to compare.
So, what am I supposed to do?
Once again, this depends on lots of factors, but there might be some general things to be done that could help you get over the procrastination phase.
- First of all, don’t panic! Panicking won’t help you solve any problems.
- Take a short break (maybe travel) to clear your mind and get inspired.
- Talk to colleagues and share your experiences.
- Try to set a flexible and realistic time plan that you can constantly update.