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I find it very difficult to do the transcriptions (TW: suicidal feelings)

Kate_20Kate_20 Posts: 253 The Mix Regular
I find it very difficult to do the transcriptions. I have interviewed people but it is frustrating because I find it really stressful to do the transcriptions. I cannot concentrate on it at all because of the background noises in the recording and the noises that my computer is making. I feel extremely anxious. I just want to die.
Tengo el alma en cuarentena y roto el cuerpo
Qué dolor, qué pena y qué tormento
El Kanka - Lo mal que estoy y lo poco que me quejo

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  • Kate_20Kate_20 Posts: 253 The Mix Regular
    Typing up the transcriptions gives you the disillusion that you have written so many essays but in real life you have just written thousands of words that do not consist of your word count at all.
    Tengo el alma en cuarentena y roto el cuerpo
    Qué dolor, qué pena y qué tormento
    El Kanka - Lo mal que estoy y lo poco que me quejo
  • Kate_20Kate_20 Posts: 253 The Mix Regular
    Am I pathetic because I could only feel like I am having some kind of human interactions when I am doing transcripts? I am incompetent and I am so lonely.
    Tengo el alma en cuarentena y roto el cuerpo
    Qué dolor, qué pena y qué tormento
    El Kanka - Lo mal que estoy y lo poco que me quejo
  • Kate_20Kate_20 Posts: 253 The Mix Regular
    I am stressed out honestly I just want to cry. I am not going to finish the transcripts and 7000 words by tomorrow. My literature review is also a mess can't write an essay like this.
    Tengo el alma en cuarentena y roto el cuerpo
    Qué dolor, qué pena y qué tormento
    El Kanka - Lo mal que estoy y lo poco que me quejo
  • Kate_20Kate_20 Posts: 253 The Mix Regular
    I can't get myself food or drink. I don't want to move. My room is a mess.
    Tengo el alma en cuarentena y roto el cuerpo
    Qué dolor, qué pena y qué tormento
    El Kanka - Lo mal que estoy y lo poco que me quejo
    La_La
  • CosmoCosmo Posts: 37 Boards Initiate
    Hey @Kate_20
    I understand your struggle, most of the time we think that we always need to be the best version of ourselves, but we are human and not robots. Try to get some time for you, try not to worry more that you need. Recharging batteries is the first step to be more productive.

    Cosmo.
    La_La
  • Kate_20Kate_20 Posts: 253 The Mix Regular
    @Cosmo My brain is totally on strike and the concepts start to jumble up :(
    Tengo el alma en cuarentena y roto el cuerpo
    Qué dolor, qué pena y qué tormento
    El Kanka - Lo mal que estoy y lo poco que me quejo
  • CosmoCosmo Posts: 37 Boards Initiate
    @Kate_20
    Ok, so you need to chill for a bit, breathe a little bit, and oxygen your body.
    You can do it.
  • Laura_tigger82Laura_tigger82 Posts: 99 Budding Regular
    Hi @Kate_20,

    Sorry to hear you are experiencing so much difficulty with the transcription. As @Cosmo said, make sure you take lots of breathers. Chunk the 7000 words. I.E. 1,000 words an hour if it has to be by tomorrow or 1,000 words a day if you have a week. In terms of practical advice, does your university have a free version of NVivo? They have a transcription service inbuilt and the software is typically targeted towards students doing dissertation research/PhDs. Hopefully, it will help but if you want any more support, please just let us know :)
    La_La
  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 394 Moderator
    Bless your heart @Kate_20 ! You must be beyond exhausted, writing out transcripts is literally so frustrating because it's so important but so much longer than you anticipate. I agree with @Laura_tigger82 's idea that chunking can make it easier, as can setting time limits, instead of word limits. So, 5 minutes of writing to 5 minutes of a break. You are not at all pathetic, I promise. Sometimes these tasks are actually the hardest, especially when they make us feel like we aren't good enough. Keep going <3<3<3
    La_La
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