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The Procrastination Wheel of Suffering: Part Three – Internal Pep Talks and Daydreaming

• Missed Goals: Pep Talks Now that the pattern of postponing has been established and your inner turmoil is activated, you attempt to establish goals for productivity to bring yourself to the task. As in the first stage of the Wheel … Continue reading

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Many a blocked writer languishes on the “Procrastination Wheel of Suffering”

Above is a visual depiction from my book of the process of procrastination. It is a summary of the patterns I frequently see in blocked writers, and based loosely on the Buddhist “Wheel of Samsara,” which depicts the cyclic, self-perpetuating nature of human suffering. … Continue reading

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Full-Prefrontal Writing Avoidance

Wikipedia describes the functions of the prefontal cortex thusly: The most typical psychological term for functions carried out by the prefrontal cortex area is executive function. Executive function relates to abilities to differentiate among conflicting thoughts, determine good and bad, better and best, … Continue reading

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Drop off the lab key, Lee: Fifty Ways to Leave your PhD Advisor

Paul Simon will assure you in his song that there really are fifty ways to leave your advisor, but I only have space in this blog post to discuss four of them. Forgive me – at least it’s a start. PhD students … Continue reading

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The tyranny of perfection and the blocked writer

If I need this blog post to be perfect, I’ll never get it done. I prefer the “It can’t be awful” standard over “It must be perfect.” This feels more humane to me and allows for greater freedom and creativity, … Continue reading

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How much attention should a blocked writer pay to “Time’s winged chariot?”

In his famous poem “To a Coy Mistress,” Andrew Marvell wrote the following lines in the mid 1600’s: “But at my back I always hear Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near; And yonder all before us lie Deserts of vast eternity.” … Continue reading

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Clock-Blocked and the Speed of Write

In order to write we need to make use of time. We have to find time to write,  then actually use it for writing.  We have to decide when and how long we will write, and figure out a way … Continue reading

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