Overcome distraction, burnout, procrastination, and more Issue 189
"Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most." ~ Anon.
TOO DISTRACTED TO WRITE?
Even non-ADD folks often struggle with focus. It's due to the Attention Deficit Trait, says Dr. Ed Hallowell, global ADD expert, and it's becoming epidemic. In his recently released book, Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive, Hallowell delves into the growing problems with screen addition, multitasking, idea hopping, worrying, and more. What can you do about these distractions? His recommendations include improving your self-care and practicing meditation.
HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF WORK WHEN YOU JUST DON'T WANT TO
Forget the "one-size-fits-all" solution to enhance motivation, asserts renowned goals expert Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson explains. You must first ask why you can't get going: Afraid of failure? Just don't feel like it? Find the task hard, boring or unpleasant? You will need a different motivational approach for each of those situations. While her research-based strategies may not be as fun as "follow your bliss" or "think positive," they actually work. Details at http://bit.ly/1BL0fy1.
WE ARE NOT KIDDING: ENTER THE "DANCE YOUR DISSERTATION" CONTEST
"So what's your Ph.D. research about?" When folks ask you this, don't bore them with long convoluted discourse—amaze them with an imaginative, choreographed video of your work. Are you in the sciences or social sciences? Submit your dance video to the AAAS-sponsored "Dance Your Dissertation" Contest and win up to $1000. Info at http://gonzolabs.org/dance/. Be awed by the latest winner at http://www.openculture.com/2014/11/dance-your-dissertation.html
SIGN UP FOR FREE ABDSG TELESEMINAR: AVOID ABD BURNOUT
Before you collapse, learn to identify burnout's warning signs and take preventive measures now. Join ABD Survival Guide Editor Dr. Gayle Scroggs and contributing author and dissertation coach Dr. Nora Misiolek as they discuss how to avoid a crisis while improving your well-being on the dissertation journey. Space limited. Wednesday, April 8, 7 - 8 PM.
FORMAT CITATIONS IN YOUR SLEEP.
Okay, maybe not while you doze, but you could get more Zzzs if you speed up the process. Get those tricky citations under control while building your bibliography using BibMe's free service (http://www.bibme.org.) It locates your source from external databases, fills in the info, and formats the citation automatically. Or enter data manually. Choose from APA, MLA, Chicago, and Turabian styles.
Got a tip, link, or laugh to share with ABDs? Email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll publish the best contributions with attribution. (Another publication for you!)
About the Authors
BEN DEAN, Publisher, ABDSG
Ben holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He began writing the ABDSG in 1997. Over the years, the ABDSG has published hundreds of articles and provided thousands of hours of pro bono coaching and teleworkshops to ABDs all over the world. Ben is also the founder of MentorCoach (www.MentorCoach.com), a virtual university focused on training accomplished professionals to become part-time or full-time coaches. You may wish to subscribe to the Coaching Toward Happiness eNewsletter! It's on applying the science of Positive Psychology to your work and life (131,000 readers). Ben lives in suburban Maryland with his wife, Janice, their two children, and Dusty, their Norwegian dwarf bunny.
GAYLE SCROGGS, Ph.D., P.C.C., Editor, ABDSG.
Dr. Scroggs is an executive, life and dissertation coach in the greater Chesapeake Bay area. She has helped hundreds of students and clients overcome procrastination, self-doubts, and other internal and external blocks in order to find the motivation and flow necessary to reach their academic, professional, and personal goals. Contact Dr. Scroggs with questions about this newsletter or about coaching in general at email@example.com. Enjoy additional free resources at www.essencecoaching.com.