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Improper Gumption Syndrome - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
August 5th, 2004
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Improper Gumption Syndrome
Once again, I am filled with gumption for a million things when the task of writing a paper is before me. I'm talking real energy and inspiration: for writing, for teaching, for activism, for literary translation, for programming... It's interesting that this is the sort of thing that entices me away from writing papers, and not passive things like watching movies.

But I shall not give in. This paper shall be written.

Current Mood: grim determination
Current Music: King Crimson -- Ladies of the Road [live; Cirkus]

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From:pelig
Date:August 5th, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC)
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My method is to play boring on-line flash games until every last drop of life is sucked dry and I feel like I might as weel just write the paper.
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From:lilacsinmarch
Date:August 5th, 2004 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Just think of all the fun things that you will do once this paper is written.
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From:shunra
Date:August 5th, 2004 10:50 pm (UTC)
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My method of combatting it? counting things.

I count the words I've already translated (this is always an issue with uber-boring translation assignments), I count the number of minutes I've spent at it, I count the money I've made by doing so (close your eyes and think of dollars; grade point averages, in your case...) - counting. Anything.

It's kept me sane for about 13 years, since I happened on this technique.
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From:ijon
Date:August 5th, 2004 11:21 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. I would never have thought of it myself. I doubt it would do the trick for me, though.
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From:themoniker
Date:August 5th, 2004 11:02 pm (UTC)

I too noticed this once

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I remember having to write something (or perhaps study for an exam) back at University and finding myself bursting with ideas and the desire to write and do. However, the moment I handed the thing in or finished the test or whatever it was, everything dissipated and I got back to being my usual lazy self.
So, I suggest that perhaps these are phantoms, exciting alternatives your mind throws up to the boring and grueling work you place before it. See how enthusiastic you feel once the paper is handed in.
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From:ijon
Date:August 5th, 2004 11:21 pm (UTC)

Re: I too noticed this once

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I like your theory. I'm not sure how well it describes my case, because I'm always so busy after writing papers (I just really focus on neglecting everything else when writing a paper, but it all comes back like a tidal wave once the paper's written), that I never get to actually do any of the cool things I think up when not-writing the paper.

*sigh*
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From:themoniker
Date:August 5th, 2004 11:34 pm (UTC)

Structured Procrastination

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From:ijon
Date:August 6th, 2004 10:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Structured Procrastination

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Oh, absolutely! This is totally my secret!
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