I am definitely struggling with motivation. Ironically, things are looking pretty good from a dissertation stand point. Yet I struggle to get up in the morning and (more so) to work on these projects. Last week was very good, even though I was quite ill most of the week. I had two ideas, ran the data, and have two papers; one of which is actually really good. But I'm struggling to work on them, even though I'm enjoying it. Basically, for the past month or so, I've only been working about 40-55 hours per week, probably averaging about 50 hours. While I realize that this may be above the "normal" 40 hours a week that most people do... but I feel that as a PhD student, this is not enough. I also say this knowing that technically 8 hour days are considered "okay" over the summer. It's just that I have so many deadlines, such as defending my proposal by July.
I think half of the problem is that I feel simply lost. I have several good things going. I just feel overwhelmed and unguided. The overwhelming aspect is simply due to the number of projects and the knowlege that I should be working 20 hours a day to complete this...but I don't have the energy or the drive. I kinda feel burnt out and have felt this for the past month. I think those are the biggest issues.
Since lists have always helped me, perhaps this will help.
1. "Firm Governance and Alliance Formation" aka Dissertation paper 1
Currently submitted to my committee.
Dissertation paper 1.
Journal Target SMJ
2. "The influence of corporate venture capital funding on the performance of diversified firms"
Conduct Literature Review
Write first Draft
Deadline: May 30
Conference paper for UCONN
Published in Book following conference
3. "Legitimacy and Disproval Spillover for alliance firms - Long run analysis" aka BHAR paper
Write new draft
A-minus journal (JOM?)
Deadline: May 30
4. "Alliances as reputation repair mechanisms" aka Comps Data
Write front end of the paper
Dissertation paper 2
Journal Target: SMJ Note
Deadline: July 1
5. Dissertation paper 3