Step 3: Anticipate dissertation project expenses and investigate funding opportunities.
- Consider the financial aspects of prioritizing time, space, and resources for dissertation work (e.g., reducing teaching or other employment, daycare for children, photocopying, book purchases, etc.)
- Explore dissertation research grants through Queen's University and other organizations.
Step 4: Think about the "little picture."
- Map out all of your absolutely unbreakable time commitments to identify what time is available for dissertation work and use that time for a day-to-day version of your work plan
- Make decisions about what low priority commitments you can remove from your schedule; what forms of rest, recreation, and support you’ll want to schedule in to help you sustain your process; and when and how you work best to take advantage of your strengths
Consider ideas from other dissertation writers:
- Establish a regular work schedule (for example, 8 – 10am daily)
- Find productive and positive work spaces (home office, campus office, library
carrel, coffee shop, etc.)
- Set a daily page limit rather than time limit to push you to be productive
- Eliminate distractions to keep focused (turn off the phone, wear headphones in
a public space, etc.)
- Create "ready to write" rituals that help you get started everyday (favourite cup
of coffee, background music, etc.)
- Do "mindless work" like formatting, transcribing, etc. when you are blocked to
keep making progress