Welcome to the PhD Completion Writers’ Community. If you are here you’re in the right place. I created this page for you. This is your page so make the most of your experience here. Writing in isolation is not conducive to finishing your PhD. It’s important to know that others are struggling just like you. We know the struggle might be to just get out of bed, or to turn the computer on or to even write one sentence. Use this page to keep some accountability in your life.
You might have gotten here because you attended one of my PhD Dissertation Writing Boot-camps, or are one of my Twitter followers. However you got here and whatever the reason, welcome.
Graduate students do a lot of writing without much supervision. Sometimes, you might be working on a paper for publication or a class, a comprehensive exam, prospectus, proposal or simply a dissertation. Any writing project can be accomplished with daily progress. This page is dedicated this page is dedicated to writers who just need to check in with someone else who might be working alone. You might not want to create your own blog but might just want to post your writing goals here.
I am here in North Carolina and I work remotely for the University of Maryland. Join the larger academic community of dissertation writers across the globe. Start posting your writing goals for the here.
How do you measure success?
To finish your degree, you have to establish several mini-goals for the end of the year and start working towards them.
What is it you want to cross off your to-do list this year instead of rolling over to next year’s PhD Completion list? Perhaps you are looking forward to making significant progress on your thesis or dissertation before the end of the year. Be specific. How many pages/chapters would you have to finish for you to feel like you have made significant progress?
Create measurable goals.
Are you working on your comprehensive or prelim exams? For your exam, how many questions do you have to answer? How many days to you have until you have to submit the exam? Create mini-deadlines—Pretend that each question has a deadline to it.
Do you want to complete your proposal? Did you apply for IRB approval? How many interviews can you transcribe in an hour, a day, in a month?
How about completing that methods, results, discussion chapter, or literature review? Pick one. At the end of the month, what will you have accomplished on your dissertation? Keep in mind a good dissertation is a done dissertation. To finish you need to make daily forward progress.
This is a collaborative effort. Why work alone, when you have an online community to help you—join us. Don’t be shy, you don’t even have to use your real name. Focus on completing your degree. Set some intermediate deadlines. Remember to keep your goals manageable and measurable (in bite-size pieces). Simply put use this site to keep yourself accountable and to post your to-do lists.
To join us online:
Go to the comment section below and introduce yourself (name, school, department.) Note: You may use your full name or an alias. If you have a blog, you may use your blogger ID, however, you do not need a username or password to participate.
Tell us what you are working on and what you plan to accomplish today or over the next few days, months.
Blog in daily, preferably twice a day (morning and afternoon/evening) to report your goals for the day, your daily accomplishments, and your goals for the next day.
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