Anyone who has read my title for this post probably knows the direction I am going with this. And I assume, or hope, that I am not alone in this.
This semester has been like no other semester. The feeling of not knowing where I will be in a year has been both a blessing and a curse. In some ways, it has helped put school and other things that used to stressed me out into perspective. It has helped me to look at life in a more balanced manner and to not sweat the small stuff (as much at least). However, as I think many will agree, it is a scary/exciting/stressful/bittersweet time and this can be distracting.
This class is really pushing me outside of my comfort zone. When I am done with my project, it will be the longest time I have ever spent working on one assignment. Since I have never written a thesis or anything of that type, this is a daunting task. A task that probably could not have come at a worse time…second semester senior year when my brain is so preoccupied by questions about the future. Although I am excited about the actual project itself, as the topic interests me, I am having trouble focusing on it.
Every time I leave our class, I feel motivated, focused, and ready to tackle the work for the class. However, a few hours or days later, that feeling no longer exists. I feel disconnected from it all. I feel distracted. Even after I work on this class and then leave it to do other work, I have trouble getting back into it again. I worry how this kind of lack of focus will affect not only the ability to do the work, but also the quality of the work being done. As I mentioned before, I’ve never had to focus on one assignment for this long, so I am having a tough time.
I would love to hear other people’s thoughts on this. Are any of you having a similar problem? Does anyone who does well with long-term assignments or is working on a thesis of some sort have advice on how to tackle this and stay engaged?