– Ownership of the dissertation process as something that has to be done, regularly, I need to set concrete goals to be consistent.
– I won’t try to “avoid the hurt”.
– Go where the productivity is (“I don’t need to work at home. When I work at home my house is spic-&-span.”).
– “Table 1 and table 2″ I think that I like to work alone but the reality is that I need to work with other people. “I love working with other people” “I’m grateful for the community”.
– Positive self-talk and granting myself permission to write even crappy draft rather than allow the blank page to stay. Worry about the quality later, and when I look back at what I thought was crappy at the time I often find that it’s better than I thought it would be.
– A couple of days ago, I broke my tooth in the DH, I kept working. From that experience, I realized that it’s ok to keep pushing rather than getting derailed by the things that are not killing me.
– Call yourself doctor
– I am going to visualize myself in the “tomato suit (cap and gown colors of MD)” – book the party rooms – set the date and don’t let my date pass.
– Change my conception of what a productive day looks like. Four good hours of consistency – even messy and unclear – set me up for good passive thinking while washing dishes later. It doesn’t have to feel like torture, and it doesn’t have to be 8 hours.
– I need to re-read and complete this part of the process rather than just moving on to the next, more exciting chapter before the current section has been completed.
– Have created a new schedule and a new date – the countdown has started.
– I will set up a job search system, like putting the keys in the same spot everyday.
– Work on my 30-second, 2 minute, and 5-10 minute elevator speech with a community that I set up or join, remind myself why I’m doing this and why it’s important. I have re-written my elevator speech by hearing and seeing what others have been through.
– the graduate elephant, setting a deadline and working backwards from the end to the starting point. I don’t why I didn’t think of this sooner; I’ve learned alot.
– I learned about myself – to trust myself more, that I already know what I need to do and I wait around for my advisor to tell me to do it – and she won’t. It’s my responsibility to own it – I could be here forever or I could graduate. I don’t want to be here anymore. I will make my progress and choose to empower myself, and show my advisor. I’m learning to do it afraid. I have been afraid to graduate after I have connected my identity to this. I have delayed my happiness.
– I take my motivation from this experience. I am not alone – there are others who feel the same way as I do. We have a collective sense of the struggle and we can support each other.
– I have learned better time management as a mom and student. I have paired up with someone who is in the same position as I am and we are overcoming the belief that student moms can’t finish.
– When something is bothering me – I will do something about it. Whatever is broken, no matter how minor minor, I won’t let it get in my way. I had a problem with a person I work with, and I surprised myself that I was mature and open and our professional and personal relationship improved.
In your own words, comment on what have you learned about you to make your writing more productive?