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The nocturnal workers' thread

User: jojo - 13 September 2010 00:41

@Algaequeen - am up working... but off to bed now... sounds like you had a great time. always nice! just a quick note to say all the best tonight. am going to bed now. hoping for an early morning which frankly speaking would be a miracle. am absolutely not a morning person! but need to be if am to get this thing out of the way in the next two days or so as am not able to work productively for 6 consecutive hours like i used to due to low energy levels. can only do short bursts at a time.. keep going! you'll get there! goodnight!

User: algaequeen - 13 September 2010 21:59

ha hoo, signing in for tonight...want to get corrections for chapter 7 done tonight so i can start chapter 8, my final ever chapter tomorrow, submission next wed! right!

Eyes are stinging already, but hopefully I'll pass through the tired phase into the over-tired and strangely alert phase soon enough!

User: jojo - 13 September 2010 22:13

hey.. am also up working. proofreading my last 9 pages. so happy. after that i need to cross-check references. should submit tomorrow or the day after.. tired but.. we keep going..

all the best.

User: jojo - 13 September 2010 23:07

done proofreading and formatting!!!!! yipee!!!!

now a quick check of definitions and then tomorrow brush up those references and do final bibliography. never been more relieved! submitting to supervisor this week is looking feasible.

Lesson: you will get there eventually, if you don't give up. no matter what challenges come your way. press on. as long as you press on, you have a chance of getting there.

quick tea break before checking definitions! :-)

User: maxipat - 14 September 2010 00:09

Just emailed the progress report I have been trying to finish for the last 2 months to supervisor wooohooooo!!!!!!
Maybe I can get more than 4 hours sleep a night now.
Off to bed before I fall over been up since 5 this morning
Night everyone:-)

User: algaequeen - 14 September 2010 00:56

Well done Maxipat and Jojo, hope you both get a good nights sleep before the next onslaught. I'm almost finished corrections for Chapter 7, think I will try and get my appendix done next so I can get it out of the way, I don't trust my brain to start writing a new chapter tonight! Altho gotta get it done by tomorrow night really! Choo choo, on we go...

User: algaequeen - 14 September 2010 21:24

'Eh up folks, signing in again! tonight's motivation is if I can get myself through the next three nights/four days, I can then sleep myself silly as I'll have handed in. God. So, first up, finishing my discussion chapter...on we go!

User: walminskipeasucker - 14 September 2010 21:47

I'm up working on my methodology chapter. I'll try and sort out all the problems with it before sleep.

User: algaequeen - 14 September 2010 22:51

whoo, chapter done. first draft of my final final final ever chapter. and I can't even enjoy it cos I'm off to do appendices now...

User: teek - 15 September 2010 00:39

Urgh. Well I came into work at 9pm - and somehow STILL haven't done anything. I'm not looking for sympathy by any means, I actually feel like brutally strangling myself in sheer frustration. Why oh why am I such an idiot?! Hmm, didn't see that coming. Seems that various personal crises (in addition to attempting to talk to my mother - always risky) have put me on a somewhat uneven keel, just what one needs at this stage!

Ok, really must put futile self-rage to one side and do something other than drink caffeine/make security raise their eyebrows. I can weep into my keyboard all I want once this is done.

First task: Edit figure 5-3
Then.....: Draft structure for section 5.4.3

User: algaequeen - 15 September 2010 01:35

Aww Teek, what's going on? I remember you saying you were staying with your friend for a while, are things sorted with your husband yet? It's always a crappy time for things like this to happen. I was about to book myself onto a flight home two weeks ago after having a big row with my boyf, we didn't speak for 4 days, longest ever. Eventually got sorted though but it's just such a strange period of life.

Are you trying to work tomatoes? Sometimes it doesn't work for me though and just need to waste time enough to get it out of my system, have you tried that at all?

User: algaequeen - 15 September 2010 02:04

ok I can;t actually see the screen anymore and my head is spinning , so i think that's bedtime! night all! Good luck Teek and Wally :)

User: teek - 15 September 2010 03:58

You're right Algae, it is a strange time indeed. I did go and stay with a friend but I've been back for a few weeks now (was only away for a little over two weeks) after talks with hubbie indicated great changes in his thinking. Things seem alternately better and worse, and I think it's that instability that's really frying my brain! Now my sister is being mean to me as well and I just think "could you all please stop existing for a few weeks, please, just until I've sorted out my academic life?". I know I should simply ignore them but it's never that easy is it?
And four days silence huh? that must have been fun! I have a friend who's been known to go days without speaking to her bf on a regular basis (they live together) but I can't cope with that level of tension. Very glad you got it sorted though rather than having to come home, are things better now?

I don't think I'll ever get this procrastination out of my system, so I'm sticking with working at stupid o'clock in an attempt to trick myself into working ;-) Although I'm thinking I should leave before people arrive for tomorrows working day, feels a bit degrading to be found slumped here unwashed amidst the red bull and antacids!

User: teek - 15 September 2010 06:08

Ok, 6am and I can no longer ignore the fact that my reflux is making me wretch (that and I keep doing totally stupid things which I then delete because I cannot remember what I wrote before). Time to scuttle off home (via a chemist).

User: walminskipeasucker - 15 September 2010 22:43

It's come to this again - another night of working late. I wonder how long I'll be able to sit at my laptop tonight then, only to repeat it all tomorrow?

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