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Total procrastination mode

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Specializes in Plastics. General Surgery. ITU. Oncology. Has 20 years experience.

Ugh! I'm having to do a short (6 months) course at university to acquire some required skills and knowledge pertinent to my current employment in Oncology.

Faced with (cue ominous music) the horror of actually having to write an essay I go into total procrastination mode. ANY displacement activity will do rather than sitting staring blankly at the flashing cursor in Word.

Honestly I'm horrible at this stuff. I already have an honours degree and am not unfamiliar with academic papers but I find myself cleaning the fridge, arranging my DVD's into alphabetical order,cleaning the kitty litter tray and posting on here ANYTHING but start writing the wretched paper.

Any motivational tips?

GHGoonette, BSN, RN

Specializes in PACU, OR.

I used to LOVE writing essays, but I haven't exercised my writing skills for years...

Maybe I should write it for you????

Perhaps for a little financial consideration...? bit of foreign currency would come in useful :yeah::yeah::yeah:

iNurseUK, RN

Specializes in Plastics. General Surgery. ITU. Oncology. Has 20 years experience.

You got a deal there girl!:cool:

Let's call it £50. GAHHHH see how you are all helping me to procrastinate?

Confusticate and bebother the instrument of Satan the Interwebz :)

sunnycalifRN

Has 6 years experience.

LOL! I know exactly what you mean. I used to go pull weeds, clean out the refrig, dust the shelves, vacuum under the couches . . . anything, to avoid doing the assignment!!

annabeap

Specializes in pediatrics. Has 10 years experience.

Haha, I'm just like that too! Nothing gets my room cleaner than a paper due tomorrow. :)

Hopefully you can focus. It's only 6 months. You should make a paper chain! And celebrate each day as you take a loop off! :D

iNurseUK, RN

Specializes in Plastics. General Surgery. ITU. Oncology. Has 20 years experience.

Ah sunnycalifRN you are a person after my own heart.

Strange how attractive cleaning the bathroom becomes when you have to write an assignment ;)

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.

I learned this trick in a writing class. I sit down at the computer with no pressure to write THE paper. I just tell myself that I will brainstorm my thoughts regarding the topic. I type in the brainstorming mode: very little punctuation, no editing, just stream of consciousness.I consistently find that doing this while truly promising myself that I don't have to do anymore for now leads to a great start to the paper. What seems to happen is that I (a) get involved in the topic by just brainstorming, and (b) my internal "editor" is so strong that I can't leave the stream of consciousness writing alone...I feel compelled to rework it, rewrite it, make something of it. And of course, once you've got the skeleton outline, the rest will usually follow.Works every time for me!

TDCHIM

Specializes in Health Information Management.

What do you think I'm doing on this site right now? ;) Trust me, you aren't the only one suffering from the procrastination bug!

iNurseUK, RN

Specializes in Plastics. General Surgery. ITU. Oncology. Has 20 years experience.

We are the procrastinators

We'd rather be peeling our 'taters

When it comes to the crunch

I have a hunch

We'd rather be doing it laters

;)

The main reason why you might find yourself procrastinating is due to the fact that you all ready made your mind up you are going to fail. I recommend you approach the essay differently. You should seek assistance from experts. If you do not have friends who are talented in this area; I am sure your college certainly offers such help. You need to set a goal for yourself: that you are not only going to get the assignment completed, you are going to do it well. Believe me, no one likes to complete any assignment where one's efforts and time are met with only a reward of F- Failure. Start early, get help, have fun, and get a good grade!:yeah::lol2:

NBMom1225

Specializes in Surgical/MedSurg/Oncology/Hospice.

Fellow procrastinator here...what's worked for me in the past is:

-Reminding myself how much I paid for the course, and that failure to do well would be money down the drain:uhoh3:

-Making an outline/list of bullet point stats/topics I may want to address in the essay:idea:

-Getting together with people in the same class and comparing notes/ideas...I realize this is probably not a group assignment, but sometimes getting together with a group of people to hash out the point of the essay helps to organize your thoughts.

If the topic isn't one that is preassigned by your instructor, go with a subject that you are interested in or passionate about. I am have been working in oncology/hospice since I graduated about 1.5yrs ago, and my daughter is a cancer survivor (9 yrs in remission, just turned 10yrs old!) so topics of interest that I wrote about were the late effects experienced by childhood cancer survivors, how a cancer dx effects the whole family and how holistic/family centered nursing can be applied.

Now stop contemplating cleaning out the refridgerator and get to work, lol! Good luck on the paper:D

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canesdukegirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management. Has 14 years experience.

I learned this trick in a writing class. I sit down at the computer with no pressure to write THE paper. I just tell myself that I will brainstorm my thoughts regarding the topic. I type in the brainstorming mode: very little punctuation, no editing, just stream of consciousness.I consistently find that doing this while truly promising myself that I don't have to do anymore for now leads to a great start to the paper. What seems to happen is that I (a) get involved in the topic by just brainstorming, and (b) my internal "editor" is so strong that I can't leave the stream of consciousness writing alone...I feel compelled to rework it, rewrite it, make something of it. And of course, once you've got the skeleton outline, the rest will usually follow.Works every time for me!

YES!!! This is EXACTLY what I was going to suggest! I just sit down and start typing about what I DO know, then go back and edit. I then take on the research aspect of it.

It is amazing what will "pour forth" when you sit down and start typing, like you would do here. Rant, vent, type out questions, curiosities, etc. on your chosen topic and then go back and put it into proper format. You will develop a thread of thought and you will then "find" your paper. Don't limit yourself, don't over think it...just sit down and start typing. Whatever comes to mind-it doesn't matter what you write-the point is to put words on paper. It's kinda like starting to paint a blank canvas. Pick up your brush, place a stroke. Then another. Then you can't seem to stop. You will surprise yourself at the art that you have created. It never fails!

If you are having a hard time even starting on a topic, write down what experiences you have had in Onc. It doesn't have to be work related. Go from there. Be free in your writing. It will come to you.

canesdukegirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management. Has 14 years experience.

Oh how I am dreading to write

I pace, I clean, I peel.

I may even go fly my kite!

If there is only one more moment I can steal

Because I must have everything "just right".

Perhaps I should go now and make my meal.

How I am drowning in writing sorrow!

But I think perhaps, I will do that tomorrow.

lifelearningrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

I feel the same way about writing papers... for some reason I wait until the last, last, last minute. I can't ever think of the right thing to write.. :(

TDCHIM

Specializes in Health Information Management.

Tell you what, iNurseUK: I'll trade you! ;) I'll do your essay (I like writing essays - what can I say, I'm odd) if you'll do my assignment analyzing how web services can help health management information systems achieve interoperability. Booooring, and the reading material is written in corporatespeak gobbledygook to boot.

Hmm, yes - I really think I need to go alphabetize my dirty laundry or get a head start on planning my preschooler's high school graduation party....

catshowlady

Specializes in ICU.

You folks are all crazy! I'd so much rather write papers than clean my house! Maybe we can arrange a swap... :lol2:

:paw:

I totally empathize... I am studying myself right now, and have previously shown very little interest in housework; yet the day before a paper is due I'm polishing woods floors, cleaning windows, even ironing (when I have nothing that really needs ironing)... then I'm awake all night writing the paper...