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28 October 2011 @ 11:28 am

I've noticed something about myself. When things are minimally stressful at school, I'm moderately active in fandom. I post new podfic, I read new fic, I comment on other people's posts. When things are moderately stressful at school, I drop off the face of the Internet. No posts, no comments, no reading, no nothing. Then, when things are extremely stressful at school, I can't stfu. I'm all, what's up, fandom? OH HAI, TWITTER!

Case in point, this post right here. I have a crushing amount of schoolwork to do this weekend, and all I want to do is talk fandom.

I need to focus on my coursework in November. I probably will be around Twitter (for stress relief, if nothing else), but I'm going to try hard not to indulge myself with LJ. I'm doing really well this semester, but I still have four three two one no! 4-10 page papers, four three two one no! exams, two one no (!!!) 50 minute presentations, one no! poster presentation, and one no!!!!! 40 page clinical competency exam (case presentation paper, complete w/ additional 18-20 pages of session transcripts) (which turned into 50 pages of presentation paper & 33 pages of transcript, and oh my god I'm so glad it's over) due by the end of the semester.

(I'm listing them all here so I can come back and cross things off. Which yeah, I know, defeats the whole No-LJ thing, but my rationale is that visiting LJ will be a reward for completing each item. Makes sense, right? Right?)

Okay, seriously, Nickel. Woman up and get to work.

ETA: Holy fuck, y'all! I'm done! (Yeah, until next semester, I know. But I'm not thinking about that right now. I'm done!!!)

cantarinacantarina1 on October 28th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
*waves encouraging pompoms*

You need a StuMoCoMo (Study More Coursework Month) :P
nickelmountain: so many booksnickelmountain on November 2nd, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
That would help! That should definitely be a thing. ;)

I'll take all the pom pom waving I can get, thank you!
Swedish for "Smith": GEN rosytherivetercolls on October 30th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
Good luck -- I hope you're immersed in your coursework and the moment and that you're nearly done with what you wanted to get done this weekend.

I think the reward system thing works. When I was in grad school I did the same sort of thing - like wouldn't check my email unless I got 500 words of a paper done or something like that.


nickelmountain: cordy meditatingnickelmountain on November 2nd, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, I pretty much have to use reward systems for stuff like this. I have very little intrinsic motivation to write a 40 page paper. My weekend was not as productive as I wanted, but I got the basics done. From here on out, though, I don't have much choice. If I don't follow that carrot, I'll get beaten with the stick. Or something like that.

Thanks for the support!