So what if you didn’t do anything for the last 2 days. You can start today and begin by completing your title page. Yes that counts as working on your dissertation. Everything counts as long as it moves you forward. It’s a New Year and a New You. This is the year to do things differently. If you didn’t blog last year and you didn’t complete your PhD maybe this is the year that you will try something different. You can decide today that you will blog about your daily progress even if you do it anonymously. Are your daily, monthly, hourly goals specific enough? For example you can post ” I will read and summarize 5 journal articles today.” Have you posted my goals in a public place? Well, this is as public as it gets. Have you set a deadline? Do you have a realistic timeline?
Use this blog as your journal and seize the opportunity to complete your PhD even if no one else blogs or no one finishes theirs. Completing a PhD is not a group project. Nonetheless, you are not along.
Go to Thesis and Dissertation Challenge 2012 and start blogging about your quest to complete your PhD in 2012.
Many of you already work with deadlines. If you’re joining this challenge, let’s see how much can you get done in a matter of days! Are you ready?
- Log in to the blog
- Click on “Comments” below and post the answers to the following questions:
- What will you work on?
- How much time will you spend daily working on it?
- Tell us how much progress you are making, or problems you are having.
- At the end of everyday plan what you want to accomplish the following day
Here are some helpful tips:
- Take the first step. Make a commitment to yourself using our TADA!™ Certificate online. Print it out and use it as a daily reminder of your commitment to yourself.
- Breakdown your tasks into bite-size manageable chunks and make a list and post that list in a public space.
- Make a daily commitment to work on your thesis or dissertation. Set aside a reasonable amount of time each day to work on your thesis or dissertation. You can get a lot done in 15 minutes a day.
- Work within your limitations . . . if you are a morning person by all means make yourself some coffee and spend 15 minutes with your dissertation before everyone else rises . . . if you are a night owl . . . turn the TV off 15 minutes earlier and write for 15 minutes.
- Celebrate small victories when you accomplish your tasks for the day. Spend the rest of the day guilt-free enjoying your Summer Break knowing that you have done something (no matter how small) on your dissertation.
- Whatever you do, don’t spend the week constantly worrying and saying to yourself ‘I really should be working’. Above all, enjoy your Break