20 Things You Do When You Are Writing Your Thesis

  1. Sit and stare into blank space or the screen of your computer, convince yourself that you are immersed in deep thought evaluating a critical analytic dilemma.
  2. Doodle on any blank scrap of paper you get.

    doodle

    Doodles on a post-it note

  3. Evaluate all decisions you ever made in life, suffer from inexplicable existential crisis,  go deep into the dungeons of despair and totally judge your own-‘younger’-self.
  4. Sleep on desk at lab when no one is around. Be stunned into semi-wakefulness when other lab mates enter the lab. Get up and pretend you had been working hard throughout.
  5. Write a lot of motivational quotes on post-it notes and stick it around your computer.

    post-it

    Work Station cum Inspiration Board

  6. Feel like writing about anything other than your thesis. Write a lot of inconsequential blogs like 10 Random Facts About Me.
  7. Take random photos in and around the lab.

    shoes

    Random snap of worn-out shoes

  8. Listen to a number of Richard Dawkins speeches ranging from militant atheism to god delusion and superstitions. Ponder about your core beliefs and get ideas about new blogging topics. Create a lot of new drafts (which you can only hope will get completed someday).
  9. Listen to different genres of music and keep making new playlists.

    evening

    On the way to lab across Antelope valley, around 5:00pm

  10. Watch a lot of Disney movies, one more time.
  11. In fact, feel that urgent need to watch all those movies that you have had on your watchlist for a long time. And watch them all at once.
  12. Draw tattoos on yourself!

    tattoo

    Make-belief bad@ss with lots of Ink!

  13. Be really fussy and short-tempered with people who really support you, like closest friends and family.
  14. Totally mess up your sleep cycle and unwillingly participate in morning and evening walks.

    morning

    On one such Morning Walk, near the Memorial Stadium

  15. Miss a number of important meetings with important people due to #14. Get scowled at when you meet them the next time.
  16. Justify all the bad food choices, loads of chocolates and caffeine saying you need them.

    food

    Gorging on Chicken Tarragon Salad sandwich @ Bruegger’s

  17. Fuss a lot about writing thesis to everyone you meet/talk to/come in contact with. Be totally spaced out at all times.
  18. Sleep a lot and avoid any kind of household chores, like cooking, cleaning and paying bills.
  19. Shop online!

    shop

    Huge Delivery from F21

  20. Most importantly, Do anything but write your thesis! 😀
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