Eventually you have to stick your neck out. When I was an anxious PhD student (the time in my life, I realize, during which I developed this brand of behavior), I eventually discovered that it would get me nowhere. And I realized I had to get my dissertation done somehow (even with a new baby in tow). So, I read this book that a friend recommended called Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day. The most important lesson I learned from this book was that I had to do a little bit every day. Fifteen minutes often turns into an hour. And you can sometimes be amazed at how much you can get done in fifteen minutes.
Slow and steady wins the race. As I face a few more big projects on the horizon, I better get my head out of my shell. ~Alice