thoughts on winter breaks

You always hear about doctoral students not being able to write, and you always think, “pfft, that’s not a thing, right?” Well, it is. Writing is difficult. Being motivated is difficult. You want to finish, you want to be done with whatever requirement you have to do in order to get to what you really want to do, but there’s something in the way. I’m still trying to figure out what it is. I can’t say I didn’t have time because frankly, I had a whole month to work on something. I chose to spend that time watching all the TV programs I could and sleeping odd hours of the day. I did some work, but I was not proud of the amount of productivity (or lack of). I walked away from the break rested, but feeling quite guilty and ashamed. I always thought breaks were supposed to help you relax, get away from the stress, and feel refreshed to start again. Instead, I came back feeling terrible.

How do I come back from this? — As I do after every break — work my butt off during the semester. BRING IT ONNNNN!!!!!!! maybe.