time management when writing a dissertation
If you do not carefully manage the comprehensive exam and dissertation process, the task can become overwhelming or paralyzing, which can bring the writing process to a standstill. So having a good sense for how long the comprehensive exam and dissertation will take is crucial as is negotiating time with your family and job to work on these projects. Based on your personal and professional schedule, set up a reasonable timeline, building in breaks to keep you fresh and engaged. If you are practical and realistic about how long these projects will take, and if you take advantage of the various resources available, you will give yourself a much better chance at successfully completing your comprehensive exam and dissertation.
- Review the comprehensive exam resources on iGuide to familiarize yourself with the process and key milestones. Additional resources related to the comprehensive exam process are on iGuide.
- Visit the Time Management module in the Academic Success Center to remind yourself of ways that you can be actively involved in making your priorities come to life.
- Read Chapter 12 in the Dissertation Manual.
- Your academic advisor is also a valuable resource and can help direct you to additional time management resources.