Lengthy and complicated the work on your thesis may be, but it is absolutely feasible for you to complete it on time if you take the right approach.
“If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail” – this saying is especially true for thesis writing. Set starting and finishing dates for each major stage of your work, such as doing research and writing each section. Be reasonable in your time estimates; include a reserve for unexpected hindrances and emergencies.
Assign a specific time to work on your thesis every day. Include enough time for rest and sleep. A healthy daily routine is vital for you to endure this long run.
To follow your plan day by day, you need a strong motivation. Think about how the successful completion of your thesis will facilitate your future career. Imagine how happy you will be when you defend it. With positive goals in mind, you will be less likely to procrastinate or sacrifice your writing work for more enjoyable things.
If you can’t find important information when you need it, you can waste much time looking for it, and also put yourself under much extra stress. To avoid it, organize your notes by categories, sub-topics, or chapters in the course of taking them. For print sources, use note cards. For electronic sources, save the data and citations from each source into a separate file and then sort these files by categories into folders. This way you will be able to easily find anything you need.
When you work with a source, write out its referencing information into a separate list right away. You do not want to rush to the library again to look up this book’s year or place of publication.
You do not have to begin with the introduction – it is often the most difficult part to write. If you feel intimidated by a blank page, start with a chapter on which you have a clear idea of what to write.
Running into the writer’s block is not the reason to postpone your work till the time when you feel more inspired; you will only waste your time doing so. If you “simply can’t write anything” on your thesis subject, set a timer for several minutes, and spend this time freewriting. When the timer gives a signal, you will be ready to proceed on your dissertation.
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