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How To Complete All Dissertation Chapters Successfully

In student’s circles a person who wants to do everything but work on their dissertation paper is joking called an ABD or all-but-dissertation student. They have their paper hanging over their head like a storm cloud ready to unleash its fury. It follows them around everywhere they go, making them feel guilty and overwhelmed at the thought of the task ahead.

You may think you need to keep reading and studying before you can begin the writing process. This is just a way of stalling and can let you down. Try not to fall into that trap. Decide today to stop procrastinating and start working. Keep reading to find out how to complete all the chapters of your paper and successfully finish everything you need to do.

  1. Realize at the beginning that writing can be a lonely process. This can go on for two years or even longer. This is a sacrifice you are making now for a big reward at the end. It may seem insurmountable but in reality it’s very doable. Your best friends right now are organization and time management.
  2. Organization – keep yourself organized. Make a weekly and daily schedule and stick to it as closely as possible. This doesn’t mean you will be constantly writing all day every day, but it does mean you will have scheduled writing time where you need to focus and get the work done.
  3. Time management – this goes right along with organization. It’s essential to keep close tabs on your time, how you’re spending it, and make sure you’re using it wisely. Each small step you will take you closer to a finished project.
  4. Try outlining all the work that needs to be done on each chapter. Set daily goals for which items you want to accomplish. As you finish them, check each one off. You will see your progress and it will keep you motivated. Don’t just think of the big finished project at the end because it will seem too overwhelming. It’s better to look at one small goal or task at a time and concentrate only on that one.
  5. Use a planner, either electronic or paper, so you can see a week and a month at a glance. This will help you to see what direction you need to take as you begin your work each week.