I have been MIA for a while, and I wish I could say that it was because I was hacking away productively at my dissertation. Alas, no. I did do *some* work, but a lot of the time was spent procrastinating.
I am a chronic procrastinator, and if this GIF is any indication, it’s a trait that many graduate students share. I think it’s normal to procrastinate a little bit, at least, on the dissertation. It’s a huge project, bigger than any project that 99% of dissertators have done before, and with anything that daunting there’s sometimes fear involved. I realized that the reason I am procrastinating now is because I have no idea how to do this structural equation model and it scares me. Well, little idea – I’ve been reading a book on it, so I understand it better and honestly it’s an easy concept if you know multiple regression and have a decent grasp of statistics.
But I found this blog which I think has an excellent description of a procrastinator’s mind – so much so that when I read it, I thought “Holy shit, it’s like he’s inside my brain.”
The funniest thing is that he has a little note at the bottom saying “Most of you are in the Dark Playground right now while reading this.” And it’s true, I am in the Dark Playground. Time to enter the woods, though.
In the little dissertation related news I do have, I did write part of my literature review and have my data set up, finally, so I’m running analyses today. Hooray!