Early in the dissertation process, create a work plan to help you manage your time, set goals, and work productively during the many stages of the dissertation. As your project evolves, assess and renegotiate your work plan as necessary.
Creating a work plan will help you to:
Step 1: Analyze your goals, your situation, and your work habits.
Step 2: Think about the "big picture."
Step 3: Anticipate dissertation project expenses and investigate funding opportunities.
Step 4: Think about the "little picture."
Step 5: "Pilot test" your work plan.
Step 6: Create systems that work for you.
Step 7: Expect and accept occasional setbacks and delays.
Step 8: Reward yourself for meeting goals and forgive your lapses.