The Final Hurdle

Am I the only one out there who finds myself slowing down my productivity the closer I get to the finish line?

Usually this is because I've left the hardest tasks for the end and I'm trying to avoid them until the last possible moment. 

But sometimes I find that the less I have to do, the less likely I am to be productive. Like right now, for example. 

image via getty

image via getty

I told myself I wouldn't blog until I had finished the final revisions on my last chapter of the semester. All-in-all this should only take me about an hour, since I've done most of the revisions and have just left a few little annoying ones for last.

But my deadline isn't until next week, so instead of buckling down for ONE SINGLE HOUR and being done the whole semester, I'm sitting here writing about how I don't want to that last tiny little bit of work. 

What the hell is wrong with me? 

Sometimes I think I procrastinate toward the end because I like to avoid the finality of submitting my work. Until I hit "send" on that email, I can still tell myself my chapter is a work in progress and that I have time to improve it before sending it off to the powers-that-be. But once I send it off, there's no going back to improve that submission. 

I also think that when I leave the hard revisions for the end of the process, I've inadvertently tricked myself into thinking that they are worse than they really are. I've let the anticipation of fixing difficult sections build up to a point where the thought of revising them will inevitably be worse than the reality. 

So maybe it's time to stop this blog post here and officially finish my first year of grad school!

If any of the other writers out there want to share their tips for tricky revisions, leave me a note in the comments!