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Last-Minute Panic - Accretions

Fata Morgana
2005-12-12 15:21
Last-Minute Panic
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It's an odd yet familiar ritual that I find myself living over and over again. Hunched over my laptop, I'm still in my pajamas at 3 p.m., and have only imbibed hot cocoa and tea since waking up from my nap after a near-all-nighter of working. Heavily-marked papers, additional laptops, and other research detritus are strewn all around me. It's a scene that I recreate whenever final papers or research publications are due. No matter how much preparation I do beforehand (and in this case, I've been working diligently all semester), it always comes down to this: the last few hours of mad typing, pumped by sugary drinks, hunger, and adrenaline. Bill Watterson hit it on the head:

But it's shaping up nicely, and it will all be over soon ...
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threadwalker
threadwalker
2005-12-13 01:24 (UTC)
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Good luck!
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shallwedance_
shallwedance_
2005-12-13 01:24 (UTC)
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Hehe! I think that's a sentiment shared my many people. Good luck, and see you on the other side.
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David Molnar
ephermata
2005-12-13 10:12 (UTC)
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Good luck. No matter how often I tell myself I'll break the cycle,
I never do. I sometimes feel kind of inadequate, since I know my dad
used to manage humungous projects without hitting similar settings.
At least I think he managed to avoid that, but then again he's my
dad, I idolize him...
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jofish22
jofish22
2005-12-13 19:18 (UTC)
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Yeah, tell me about it. Final paper, due. Real soon now. Theoretically, originally, tomorrow. Automatic extension till Monday, but I leave on Thursday and there ain't no work going to happen after that.

So, yes. How does "Theories of self in affective computing" strike you? That's what happens when social theory runs smack into information science, bang.

Oh, and there's a DIS deadline tomorrow. That I need like a hole in the head too.

Good luck. Remember that food is a substitute for sleep, and coffee and tea a substitute for both.
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Kris
anemone
2005-12-13 20:16 (UTC)
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I think it's incorrect to believe the cause of last-minute panic is not enough preparation.

If anything, it's the reverse. Those of us panickers learn that there is always last minute panic, never a moment to rest or relax until after the deadline (whereupon there is another deadline), so we learn to take our relaxation when we can and reduce the pre-prep (since last minute panic happens either way).

Non-panickers can finish something before the deadline and then stop working on it (and stop feeling obligated to work on it).
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