I had to write my thesis proposal, and i went through weeks of agony, only putting a paragraph or two a day on paper i set aside time for writing, but no i did not have much to show for the hours i spent at work i realized that time-management alone could not beat writer's block or any type of procrastination. Unless you have previously completed a doctorate in another subject, your thesis will most likely be the largest body of work you will ever complete in one go you might well be thinking 'well this is a phd thesis, of course i can't rush it if you're procrastinating, you need to take a long hard look at why. One of the most common reasons people come to see me is trouble with procrastination they sit in my office, and admit to the p-word as if it were a disease 'i am sick', they seem to say, 'i procrastinate, and therefore i am a bad student' they worry that they are lazy while there. My articles have appeared in psychology today, huffington post, fortune, future buzz, time management ninja, tomorrow's professor, authors helping authors, the thesis whisperer, and numerous other publications and i've been cited in entrepreneur, forbes, fast company, and elsewhere i am also a former blogger. Some peers of mine have kind of seen my move to it learn and use it as a procrastination tactic i am so far from wanting to procrastinate i actually love my topic (thank god) no–i see it as the only way my computer science mind can understand the messiness of drafting, and the only way for me to stop. Planning or writing a thesis i want some help with the structure of my thesis how do i plan and manage my thesis workload i'm not sure whether i have enough ' new' ideas for my thesis i want some help writing up results or commenting on data and findings how do i write a good literature review.
The procrastination fairy has sprinkled you with her can't be bothered dust - what to do. For example, looking at a blank page and imagining your completed thesis is one of the biggest challenges that you will face your university may also organise workshop to deal with the blank page dread or procrastination the thesis whisperer is a useful blog that helps phd students throughout their studies it talks. Writing up a phd – the final straight this week i ran a workshop for research students on the topic or writing up the thesis i remember my own journey well and how exhausting it all seemed i, probably like many other research students, did not relish the prospect of turning my research into a well crafted piece of writing so.
One of my new year's resolutions was that i would be working hard towards a better concentration and focus my attention span is extremely short, and i have never been able to stretch it longer i am not sure if this is because my brain just functions like that, or if it is because i could always get my. Just like the thesis whisperer, but with more paperwork.
Local hdr blog visit the thesis whisperer for articles, advice, tips and links ( including 'procrastination aids) from fellow research postgrads in australia you can even join and contribute. The thesis whisperer has already written an extensive review, which you can read here as an addition i would like to let you know that the book is also supported by a website by the author, where, for example, you will find what kind of tools word has specially for writing dissertations, but also other useful tips and tricks. I have been 'doing' a phd for 3 years now and in that time i have become an expert in the art of procrastination i thought you might like it know it is possible to complete (almost) a phd and also be a master procrastinator in fact, i think it might be an essential part.