How to Complete Your Dissertation without to Procrastinating
The Initial Steps
Are you an ABD (All-But-Dissertation) student? Do you feel like a dark cloud hovering over your head? Doctoral students face the most challenging and time-consuming academic task of all: writing a dissertation. Procrastination is a common way to put off writing your dissertation. Do not fall for this trap
Don't let your dissertation drag you down. Stop procrastinating. Why do we procrastinate? Research shows that students procrastinate more often when they see the dissertation as an overwhelming task. Surprise! Writing a dissertation is difficult without motivation.
The Lonely Time
Dissertation writing is an exhausting and lonely task that can take up to two years. A dissertation can often be a significant blow to graduate students' self-esteem. You may feel that the dissertation is an impossible task that can never be finished.
Organization and time management are the key
Organization and time management are key to finishing your dissertation on time. Because the student is responsible for planning, executing, and writing up a research proposal(sometimes multiple), the most difficult part of the dissertation is the lack of structure. This task requires a structure.
A way to provide structure is to see the dissertation as a series rather than as a single task. Each small step can be a motivator and may even help you stay motivated. Organization gives you control and helps you finish your dissertation. How can you organize?
Describe the steps required to complete this big project.
Students may believe that the only goal of their thesis is to complete it. This goal can feel overwhelming. Instead of making it seem impossible, break it down into its component tasks. The proposal stage may have the following tasks: thesis statement literature review, method, plan and analyses.
Each task entails several smaller tasks. A list of topics for your literature review might include an outline of what you want to discuss. Each topic should be as specific as possible. It is possible to include relevant articles at the appropriate locations in your outline. Participants will be listed, along with information on how to locate them, rewards, drafting informed permission forms, finding measures, describing the psychometric properties of measures, piloting measures and drafting the procedure.
Writing your dissertation is difficult because it requires you to start and stay on track. How do you write your dissertation successfully? For tips on writing your dissertation and completing your graduate program, read on.
You can start anywhere
It is not necessary that you start from the beginning when completing your list dissertation tasks. It is a mistake to think that you can start the dissertation by writing your introduction and thesis, and then finish with the plan of analyses. This will stop progress.Start where you are comfortable, and then fill in the gaps.Each small task will give you momentum.If you feel overwhelmed by a task, it is likely that you have not broken it into smaller pieces.
- Write consistently every day, even if it's only for a short period
You should set aside time each day to write. Set a schedule. Write in small blocks for no less than an hour per day. We often insist on the need for large blocks of writing time. While blocks of time are certainly helpful in the writing process, the ABD often lacks these resources.
When we were writing our dissertation, we taught 5 classes at and an adjunct at four different schools. It was difficult to find blocks of time, other than on weekends. Writing a bit every day, aside from pragmatics, keeps your mind fresh and allows you to explore new ideas. It is possible to find yourself thinking about the topic and making conceptual progress while you are driving to school or work.
- To overcome procrastination, use incentives
Writing takes consistent, organized effort. A system of self-imposed rewards to defeat procrastination is required.What type of incentives works?It all depends on the person, but it is safe to take time off work.As an incentive to make progress, we found that playing computer games or vegetation time was a good way to go.
- Break through writer's block
Talk to others if you find it difficult to write. Or, just speak out loud. Do not criticize your thoughts. Write to get your thoughts out. It is easier to get the ideas out than to read every sentence.
Write down your thoughts and then edit.Each section will require multiple drafts. A first draft (or even a second) does not have to be perfect.It is okay to use dashes when you are unable to find the right word. Just remember to add the dashes later.It is essential that you establish a routine of producing output. This output can be edited, or even thrown away.
- Recognize the fact that writing is a time-consuming process
A draft is never perfect the first time. Each section of your dissertation will require several drafts. You can take your time if you aren't comfortable with a section. Ask for feedback and comments from others. Reread the section again and edit it again. You may be surprised at the difference a fresh perspective can make.
Writing a dissertation is like running a marathon. You can overcome seemingly impossible obstacles by setting small goals and meeting deadlines. Each small goal can provide momentum. You can make steady progress every day and use incentives to help you reach your goals. However, it is important to remember that the dissertation will take time, patience, and hard work. Consider Dag Hammarskjold's words: "Never measure a mountain's height until you reach the top." You will then see its lowest point.