Tuesday, 7 March 2006

Cracking a mental block

I have been sitting in front of the computer for the last three days avoiding working on a presentation I have to give next week. It's been driving me nuts. Was just having a serious mental block towards the project itself. It includes a lot of marketing models that I find a have a hard time with, as they require some kind of brain functioning that just stops me in my tracks. So, last night (and this is cheesy) I took a post-it note, wrote "Just Do It!" and stuck it to my desk. I spent part of this morning procrastinating, but just started on it again now. I did have quite a bit of background work done, so it shouldn't be too hard. I find it very difficult to put a lot of work into projects here and only get mediocre grades back. The reward doesn't seem to equal the effort, and I'm not sure if it can just be put down to this being an entirely new subject area and way of researching than I'm used to or what. Anyhoo, back to...Tourism Australia.

5 comments:

StrawberryAnne said...

Suzer, just a suggestion... When I was in school and had a block, I used to promise myself that I only had to work on the assignment for 15 minutes, and then I could stop and do something else if I wanted to. The deal was, I had to really TRY HARD for those 15 min, then if I'd really put some effort into the time, I was free to go after the time was up. What I found was that once I did that, my thoughts started flowing again and, usually, after the 15 min were up, I found I was in the flow and was quite happy to keep going. Thought it might help you...

Muddiah said...

So, this was posted about noon on Tuesday and it's probably Thursday there now. Were you able to push past the block into some productive thinking and writing? Just think, in a little over 2 months, the classes will be over!

Suzer said...

Yep, got 1/2 the project done so far. Just made myself start. As you say StrawberryAnne (who will have to clue me in on who you might be, if you feel like it?)sometimes you do have to just make yourself do it, and when you start you can break the block. Thanks for the suggestion. It's still a difficult project for me, but it is being completed

In two months, the real difficulty will begin...the dissertation;)

StrawberryAnne said...

Sorry Suzer. I'm Strawberry from AmExpats. ;)

Glad you've broken your block a bit.

Suzer said...

Thanks:) Doh, I should have known that was you from the name;)