A continuation of a previous post in Dutch, which was funny enough written during my Bachelor's thesis. The tl;dr is: postponing your work for procrastination is bad and you know it, but it works almost every time.
I want to add a simple sentence to that: but it works, when you know what you are doing. Taking that extra time and feeling bad about it does mean you often think about what it is what you have to do.
And that, my friends, turns out to be vital. Everyone knows that erratic pace of writing everything in one day for a week and doing nothing for two weeks. When giving the subject thought long enough, everything just lines up in your head and when you release the gates, a couple of pages rush out.
I noticed this in the last couple of weeks because I am already very familiar with the subject and its literature, but have problems structuring what I want to build up on that. I twist and turn for days and suddenly it all falls into place. BOOM, I am done.
In less than two weeks I need to hand in the first draft of my thesis report.
Luckily, I think 70% of the text is in — excluding the inevitable rewrites — and all work is done to write the last 30%. I observed and interviewed five people back in the Netherlands last week and the results were largely expected, with some nice new insights.
So, naturally, this is the part where you buy a boat. Standard, it is just a rite of passage. Everybody has done that, right?
Next up: determining where to live, get jobs and get used to not being in college.