How to plan your time when you write dissertations
Dissertation writing is a bone of contention for many students who feel the pressure of completing such a monumental task absolutely unbearable. But your dissertation doesn’t have to be as daunting as you perceive. Some helpful strategies are at hand, so pull yourself up and try the following.
The secret: Start early
Be smart! From the moment you start your academic year, start planning (and even writing) your dissertation. It may seem like you have a lot of time, but the fact is, the more time you spend on this important project, the better it will be.
There is no excuse for procrastination when you start early because when there is minimal pressure, you actually have the advantage of getting more done.
Small parts for easy work
If you’ve got twelve months to write your dissertation, break up your work into twelve parts. When doing this, consider the nature of the month such as holidays, social activity or other projects that may hinder your work. By doing this, the work seems smaller and less threatening.
Consider drawing up a schedule depicting what months are being dedicated to which part of your paper. Be careful not to deviate from this chart because one bad week could fling you into a frenzy of delays and disorganization.
Not everyone finds self-discipline as easy as others, but know yourself and you’ll find the perfect method that works for you. A recommendation is that you resolve to dedicate a certain number of hours per day to your dissertation. Depending on your self-control, avoid dedicating a weekly amount of hours, as this may tempt you to procrastinate. Stick to a smaller daily number and be strict with yourself in keeping it.
Prepare for emotional upheaval
Before you write your dissertation, resolve with yourself to expect the unexpected. You’ve never gone through this before, so take some advice from those who have: It’s hard! The work that goes into writing something as long and intricate as a dissertation will take its emotional toll on you, but being prepared for this will make it easier on yourself.
See this as an opportunity
Writing your dissertation will grow and develop you into your subject matter and also mature you as a person. Learning discipline at this junction of your student life will serve you well in your future career, whatever that may be.