When writing a dissertation, doing nothing is not really an option. Writing a dissertation requires a commitment to daily forward progress. What are you going to do today to show your commitment? What will you work on? Thanksgiving is on Thursday; what will you do today so that you can enjoy your holiday without a sense of guilt? Work hard for the next 3 days starting today and reward yourself on Thursday. On Thursday you can take 15 minutes and work on something really small like your “Cover page”. Maybe you can write the introductions to each chapter. Maybe you can write up a section of your methodology. How about writing up some of your tables and figures? Can you work on the bibliography? Knowing that Thursday will be spent with friends and family should motivate you to get something accomplished today. Perhaps today is the day that you give up the need for perfection—-try writing whatever you want to without worrying about how it sounds. Write as if you are the only on who is going to see it; you can always hit delete or edit later. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect it just has to be done. At 8:43 in the morning you still have an opportunity to get something accomplished today because a good dissertation is a done dissertation.
Have a productive day.