This will ensure that you have time to tend to other parts of your life.
From November 2016 to July 2017, I remember the feeling of being hypnotized by my blinking cursor for hours on end, and going into a trance-like state where words were flowing from my brain to my fingertips and ultimately into my word processor. I want to share my experiences because finishing a dissertation in this economy is very important. Too often I find people saying that they need a whole day to write but as a grad student, who has a whole day to spend writing?
Dropout rates for ABD (All But Dissertation) graduate students has been estimated at 50% and for some, the feeling of not finishing feels like a blemish on their resume. So, I want to share some tips that will help in demystifying the process. If you say you need to write 200 words before you start your writing exercise, invariably you’ll write more at the end.
I would plan dates to show my committee each chapter so that they had ample time to review each chapter and give their feedback. Figure out what schedule and location works best for you and stick to it.
Having an end date really helps to focus your energy and attention and not feel like you’re floundering into the abyss of nothingness (which is also the title of my one man show…). For instance, I would wake up every morning at the same time, have the same strawberry flavored Light and Fit yogurt, and sip my Donut Shop coffee as I sat next to my dog and started writing.