Exacerbating my lack of motivation is that I am skeptical that this degree will lead to employment (if I would want it in this field of study anyway): as I haven't been interested in my subject I haven't made the connections and done all of the networking I think is necessary to get a job with this degree, so I feel it is pretty useless to finish because I will likely have to reinvent myself after I am finished anyway.
But leaving without a degree seems wrong somehow, given all this wasted effort (aren't we all subject to the sunk cost fallacy? Any ideas on how to find the final burst of energy to finally finish?
Update: I wanted to thank those who chimed in and offered me kind and sincere advice.
Thank you for taking time to help me, a stranger, with my life's problems.
I thought I would respond to a few of your suggestions and see if anyone has additional thoughts or considerations.
There was the suggestion that I should go visit a counselor and to be screened for depression.
It's good to know the regulations, processes and requirements around thesis submission and examination.
Check out the information on finishing your degree for some inspiration!
But I am only a dissertation away from completing my Ph D and being finished with my poor decision, but I am having enormous difficulty finding motivation to write it. I can't find the energy to read any more boring articles I need to cite or find the energy to write a complete sentence.
Every time I start I find an excuse to distract myself and I don't know how to find external motivation since I lack internal motivation.