One of my amazing dissertation clients had had a few bad writing days.
She emailed me, saying, “I tried every strategy I could think of,” but she kept meeting a “deep physical resistance.” She couldn’t force herself to go into the library. It seemed to her as if an “impenetrable force field” prevented her from entering.
“Feeling that desperate times call for desperate measures,” as she described it, she spontaneously checked herself into a hotel for two nights.
She said, “I let people close to me know I was going into DEEP LOCKDOWN and would be incommunicado. No TV. No internet. No phone.” She said that her email to me was the only email she was sending.
Once in the room, she took a shower, spread out her books, opened her laptop, and was able to re-focus. The pressure of paying money for the space was an added incentive.
She said she was determined “to regain motivation” and to meet her goal. She added, “I can’t do this often, but for now it’s working!!”
Sometimes it’s important to surprise ourselves with what we’re willing to do to make progress on the diss and to meet a goal.
I’d say this was money well spent. What do you think? I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time,