Motivation and Encouragement for Dissertation Writers Across Disciplines

TD:D Blog Carnival: Volume 6, Edition 2

In TD:D Blog Carnival on December 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Welcome to another edition of the TD:D Blog Carnival!

I’ve been looking for some great posts on time management lately as I tackle finishing my dissertation, moving, and starting a new job.  I hope you find the posts below as helpful as I did!

Enjoy this week’s posts and make sure to check back next week for another edition.

Time Management

You Can’t Plan Your Time if You Don’t Know Where You Spend It by ProtoScholar

“I was talking to some new students and realized something.  One of the reasons we fail to integrate our school work into our lives is because we really don’t have an idea of how long things are going to take in the first place!”

The First Half Hour of the Morning by Kathleen Fitzpatrick

“This is a lesson that I’ve had to re-learn repeatedly. I’ll find myself, about mid-semester, having a hard time squeezing any writing into my schedule, and it will only slowly dawn on me that the situation is being worsened, if not created, by the fact that I’m starting my day in crisis-management mode, which is a mode I can never get out of once it’s set in.”

Top 10 Ways to Upgrade Your Morning Routine by Kevin Purdy

“Never feel like there’s enough time in the morning? Find yourself struggling to get up or into work mode? We know the feeling. Try out these tips on waking up, getting energized, and getting things done in the early hours.”

Geek to Live: Control Your Workday by Gina Trapani

“It’s easy to lose a day checking email, going to meetings and putting out fires only to find you haven’t gotten started on your Most Important Task at 5 or 6 or 7PM. There is a better way.”

The Writing Life

How Labeling and Hyperbole Sabotage Your Writing Productivity by Hillary Rettig

“Perfectionists, being drawn to reductiveness, dichotomization and rigidity, love labels. But the labels they use are almost always harmful in that they either denigrate the writer or increase the pressure she feels around her work.”

Get Your Eagle Eye On: 10 Tips for Proofreading Your Own Work by Leah McClellan

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re a freelancer, a blogger, a student, or anyone who writes for any reason. Most of us don’t have proofreaders or a skilled family member or friend to help us out on a regular basis. And if you’re submitting work to an agent or publisher or a big blog for consideration, why let typos and mistakes clutter and cloud the brilliant work you want them to read? Any time you write something, you want readers to enjoy and appreciate your masterpiece. It’s your baby, an extension of yourself. Take good care of it.”

The TD:D blog carnival is published weekly on Thursdays.

If you would like to submit a post for the TD:D blog carnival, email your link to tododissertation[at]gmail[dot]com by the previous Wednesday at noon.

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