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The nocturnal workers' thread


User: danzig - 30 June 2009 23:48

Hi there,

anyone else burning the midnight oil tonight? I managed to get back on track after my thread here about lack of energy etc. Made a nice little plan and have so far worked through it and kept to the deadlines I set myself and with the supervisor. Hopefully I'll have a final draft by August and submit the thesis in early September.

The stress level is high, particularly working/writing when it's so warm and humid. Next deadline is tomorrow and I have to finish the discussion for my third chapter. So probably stay up till 1am.

User: chrisrolinski - 01 July 2009 00:36

I'm struggling to write a thesis conclusion that just doesn't sound turgid. But I'm finding it hard. :-s:-( Up for a few more hours.

User: danzig - 01 July 2009 01:10

Hi Chris,

yes, it gets very annoying, particular with the lack of sleep these last couple of days.

I have finished typing now and will get some sleep. Best of luck!

User: danzig - 08 July 2009 22:34

Back again on the midnight train. Anyone else?

I have to finish off two chapters 'til tomorrow. Almost there. Just have to slot in some more references and expand on some aspects.
Thesis must be submitted in exactly 8 weeks. Aaargh. Tired but can see the end is in sight. Just...have....to...keep....working....through.

User: walminskipeasucker - 09 July 2009 01:32

Damn, arrive late at the platform tonight so missed the Midnight Express! Ah well, I'll be boarding tomorrow and choosing an extra large carriage to fit all the work I have to do in.

User: walminskipeasucker - 10 July 2009 00:16

Well, I managed to catch the Midnight Express tonight, destination the town of Toil. Am I travelling solo, or is anyone else on board, working away?

User: danzig - 10 July 2009 06:41

Ah I missed this one. Absolutely exhausted last night so I went to bed instead of doing anything. :-s Hopefully, I have some energy to get something done tonight. We'll see.

User: walminskipeasucker - 10 July 2009 21:52

Ladies and gentlemen, the Midnight Express will be departing from Hard Graft Station in approximately 15 minutes time. Travellers are advised to to gather their belongings - laptops, PC's, files, folder, articles, felt tips and crayons - and make their way to the platform as soon as possible. Tonight the Midnight Express will be travelling to Workinghell, calling at Busy Bee, Piled Higher and Deeeper, Callitaday and Notnearlyenough. We hope you have a pleasant and safe journey - and manage to get some work done! Choo choo!

User: walminskipeasucker - 11 July 2009 02:09

Well, here I am alighting at Workinghell - what a boring ride. Danzig, you missed the train...again! :-)

User: danzig - 11 July 2009 10:12

Quote From walminskipeasucker:

Well, here I am alighting at Workinghell - what a boring ride. Danzig, you missed the train...again! :-)

Yes, I know, I don't seem to be able to stay awake at the moment. Absolutely knackered. :$

User: Dwro8ea - 11 July 2009 13:17

I will agree with you Sylvester.

Quote From sylvester:

there's too much visual and audible noise in the daytime which stops me from getting into the "zone".
I can't do much with people and noise around. They are all so energetic and annoying during the day. Where during the night all the annoying noises (including people) are in bed (thank God!) and you can work peacefully knowing that nobody will call you start telling you how drunk they got last night (which you couldn't care less about) or other little things interrupting. And I always get more work done when I'm sitting on a desk instead of sofa, bed etc. :-)

User: walminskipeasucker - 13 July 2009 22:36

Hello late nighters (if there are any)! Who's joining me in a little twilight intellectual endeavour tonight?

User: chrisrolinski - 13 July 2009 22:37



I will be up doing a spot of reading with a cup or tea!

User: danzig - 13 July 2009 23:11

Oooh, I am actually up as well and might write a paragraph or two ;-)

User: walminskipeasucker - 13 July 2009 23:21

Hello Danzig, and hallo gibt, Chrisrolinski. I hope we can all manage to get something productive done tonight, or, as Chrisrolinski might say, '
Ich hoffe, wir können eine Menge von Schreiben und Lesen erfolgt'.:-)





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