The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

To be, or not to be...*

I'm not sure how to alleviate PhD despair (sorry Ceri), but I've made great roads into defeating dreaded PhD procrastination this using a timer.  

The idea is that you set a timer (I use my phone) for a few minutes 'on,' during which you focus completely and obsessively on the task at hand.  As soon as the time is up, you allow yourself an equal amount of 'off' time (I knit).  I appreciate this wouldn't work for everyone, but I've found it a really useful technique for dealing with writer's block.

This site recommends 8 mins on/off.  That works just fine for me. 

* Hamlet was, of course, le procrastinator par excellence.

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