Hello all – and please accept my apologies for being away from here for a little while. “No problem”, I can hear you all saying, “we understand that you’ve been working hard on your dissertation, reading research papers, collecting data and transcribing interviews, analysing it all and making astounding discoveries.”
Well, the truth is rather more prosaic I’m afraid.
Yes, I have been getting on with my dissertation and doing all of those good things, but possibly not with quite the vigour I really should be. That’s for this month I’ve been promising myself. Instead, I’ve been finding lots of ways to procrastinate, while telling myself that a bit of physical exertion is good for the analysis process, especially as I’m undertaking a qualitative (and largely inductive) approach to it.
My car has never been cleaner.
The garage has never been tidier.
I demolished a rotten shed that had stood by the side of my house for more than twenty years …
… and built a new one twice its size. I’ve named it Sheddy McShedface …
… and filled it with all of the things that were in the garage that should have been in the old shed but wouldn’t fit.
I’ve even cut the grass (the elephant is called ‘Steve’ by the way).
I think these are pretty impressive lengths to go to as far as procrastination is concerned. I’ve awarded myself a distinction, but you may be able to do better perhaps? Do let me know – it will help keep me away from Seale’s book on qualitative research for another evening if you do.