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This week’s theme at Engineer Blogs is motivation and, if you can’t tell from my late post, I’m motivated to work on other things right now. My discussion on this topic is highly linked to a previous Theme Week on Deadlines. In that post, I discussed how I toss in procrastination and deadlines, and mix it with pressure and a dash of biting-off-more-than-you-can-chew and come out in reasonable shape (when it’s all over). GMP had a comment that she worked in a similar fashion, so I was somewhat relieved to find out I wasn’t the only one. When it comes down to it, I think I’m most motivated by not wanting to let other people down. I’d like to think that I’m the person that comes through 10 times out of 10 (SHAFT!). That doesn’t mean I’m always successful (hence my recent proposal rejection) but in the context of coming through in the end, I’m…

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What if every person’s perception of time was arbitrary and completely different? What if what seemed like months to you felt like days to someone else? I’m not talking about psychology here, I’m talking about this week’s theme: deadlines. The academics here at Engineer Blogs already weighed in with things that are familiar to their world; Miss Outlier talked about long term deadlines, GEARS talked about procrastination, and Cherish talked about the difficulty of getting started. Paul Clarke gives some tips about dealing with deadlines and whether to approach them as the tortoise or as the hare. Unlike academics most of my deadlines are much more short term. Sometimes you get two days to pull off a major design and drawing change and sometimes you get two hours to put together part of a report an executive is going to see. My issues with due dates are often that different…

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For those of you who follow me @profgears, you probably have already seen the demotivator to your left [photo credit]. It’s probably my favorite demotivational poster. In fact, if a certain DrWife is reading this, that would be a very nice new office gift. But I digress… As part of Deadline Theme Week here at Engineer Blogs, I thought I would talk about how I deal with procrastination, deadlines, perfectionism, and biting off more than you can chew (the Big Four). All four of these things work in tandem for me and it’s basically the only way I know how to get stuff done. I always bite off more than I can chew. Whether it is agreeing to service within the university, professional societies, or self-pressure, I always have stuff to do. And, like most people, I get distracted by the slightest…. … sorry, student just distracted me (actually true!).…

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The theme of the week is deadlines. As I was thinking about the deadlines in my life as a grad student, I realized that on any given day, or week, I really have no deadlines. My deadlines are all long-term. For instance, the main deadline for me now is graduation with a PhD by next June. Before that, it was to pass qualifying exams, and perhaps you could also count the final project of classes each term as a deadline. But really, I don’t have TPS reports waiting on my desk for me Monday morning. Before all of you readers roll your eyes and tell me I have no right to complain at all (“Do you KNOW what I have to deal with each week??”), let me point out a few things that are unique about dealing with long-term deadlines. Mentally Dealing with Long Term Deadlines I think it takes…

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