Quitting My Dissertation
Instead, it’s this weird split state where you have not chosen to quit in your mind, but in your actions it’s like you are quitting.
And that can feel a little out of control: You’re not writing or maybe even not trying to write, although you want to.
Even more than the edited documents, I want to thank you for giving me tools to self-reflexively assesses my deteriorated situation and then do something about it” – Academic client (Anthropology) who went post-ac and never looked back It may not be apparent on this site, but if you are struggling with a desire to get out of academia, I support you, and will help you with that.
I left academia AFTER being successful and getting tenure. And I’ll help you deal with the emotions, the feelings of failure, and get past them, and get a plan.*Achieving financial, emotional AND intellectual well being in academia is hard to the point of being, frankly, impossible for many.
And then you might fail to hit the mark you need to hit, which just results in less momentum and even less will to do what’s needed. Instead, though your inner-alarm bell might ring violently in protest, what you need is the exact opposite of the “raise the struggle to the direness of the occasion” frame. I’m putting that in all caps, pardon me, because it really needs to sink in.
And even with those, you might “fail” to complete the Ph. If your dream is to have an academic career, then I’m here to help. And by on purpose I mean because you feel like it, AND/OR because circumstances, like lack of a job or tenure, make that the right choice.What I mean by involuntary quitting is not being “forced to quit” by the world.And, you have to be radical about it, but it’s not the radical solution that the thinking mind often offers– like work harder, set higher goals, do more, struggle in proportion to the seriousness of the occasion, etc.Instead, you need to get radical about setting EASY goals.Your goal for the day might be to write a paragraph. You thought your 4 hour writing sessions were hard—try setting the goal at a paragraph or a page! In the short term: you need to set goals that are reachable, easily doable.That’s the kind of thing that actually works to counter what’s been happening.You don’t have to worry about getting an academic job or keeping it.You don’t have to finish that book or dissertation. If “not quitting” is the only thing holding you back, then you need to check whether you’ve been brainwashed.There can be nothing more character building than putting a stop to something and choosing a new direction.If you have the right attitude, quitting won’t make you weaker.