Something about this time of year is more painful than the actual scrambling done at the very end of the semester. You know the work will hit like a brick wall sooner than you can react to it. I even know in advance that I don’t want to stress myself out unnecessarily, that I should prepare and work methodically to get my work done quickly and with quality. But it’s the home stretch to the home stretch — there is an indescribable attribute about it that makes that kind of preparation impossible. And as I upsettingly stare at my cap and gown in my room as graduation looms, the pain of this homework/project/any responsibility purgatory is exacerbated.
Unfortunately, Writing 420 is not an exception to this feeling. I am steadily completing different aspects of my project, but I still feel as if I am running on a treadmill. There is progress in some capacity — I have been keeping up with my schedule for writing actual content — but I am not truly moving forward. Ideas pop into my head about what the site will look like, edits I will make to my current work, and the prospects of the future writing I will do. Yet, in this awkward part of the semester, those thoughts remain stagnant.
I wouldn’t characterize this time period as a rut necessarily, especially since there is some work being done. I just consider it to be a universal condition that other students are experiencing (but let me know if I am way off base with that). Anyway, I am not too sure if there is a quick fix to inspire just a bit more motivation. With what we have done in class, I feel like I have done the prep that I can. I also think that combining the short, random moments of focus I have will somehow result in the finalization of my project rather than a methodical approach.
Any and all words of encouragement are encouraged(!) here, and I hope you all can get through the home stretch to the home stretch and especially the actual home stretch without a hitch (say that 10 times fast).