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Top 10 tips for fast thesis writing
December 20, 2010 By James Hayton — 22 Comments





1- Decide when to start
You have to decide when you are going to write. The first thing to do is to set a date when you will stop doing research and start writing in earnest, leave yourself at least 3 months to finish off any last things you need to do. This deadline has to be absolute. Anything not done by then, doesn’t get done. You will never complete everything on your to-do list, but this is liberating if you accept it as true. Setting a finish date for your research will help you focus on the few tasks which add the most value to your thesis.

2- Decide when to stop
Set your own thesis completion deadline (ideally three months after your start date). Imagine every month you add to the time as costing you $5000 (since you lose income and free time). If you don’t think it’s possible to write a thesis in that time, write down every reason why not, and ask yourself if it’s impossible, or just difficult. 1/13

Also set dates for meetings to review each chapter. Put your monitor at eye level. so set a deadline for completion of each chapter. work at a computer with no internet connection. and if 500 words is your minimum. It might not seem like much. distraction free environment If you have a choice. Print out or make your own “word grid” and place it on the wall above your desk. If you use a laptop. It’s not worth physical pain. otherwise you’ll suffer back and neck pain..9/12/13 Top 10 tips for fast thesis writing 3.Set easy targets for each day Aim to do 500 words every day. There will be fewer distractions than in the office. It feels good to see it grow! 500 word per day grid 500 word per day grid.Set mini-deadlines for each chapter You should already have a rough idea of what your content will be (in terms of chapter titles and so on. It soon adds up. That green dot next to your name is an invitation to friends to come and distract you. so for example if you hand them a chapter on a Friday. you’ll miss your target as often as you make it.pdf 2/13 . but it means that you can achieve and beat your target every single day. otherwise you’ll always be able to “start tomorrow”. 2000 words or more. switch off all automatic email notifications and chat programs. Aiming for 1000. 3monththesis. 4. buy a second-hand monitor and external keyboard. fill it in as your word-count grows. and gives you time to write the right 500 words. These deadlines have to be tight (say 2 weeks per chapter). so they know when to expect each chapter for review (this is the only way to expect fast feedback from a busy academic). saving a huge amount of time in the long run. These dates have to be agreed well in advance with your supervisor. Ideally. schedule a meeting for the following Wednesday.Create a comfortable. so you have a visual record of your progress and productivity. It takes the pressure off. the average will actually be higher. but if this isn’t possible. 5.. which is terrible for morale. work from home.4 KiB 4321 Downloads Details.

but getting far more done. you’ll end up spending less time at the computer. When your brain tries to distract you. —11. During those five minutes. If you think of something else you need to do.Work for 25 minutes at a time Use a timer. it’s usually not necessary. Take advantage of your brain’s natural attention span. After four 25-minute bursts. 10. you just have to make it through to the end of the 25 minutes.Get away from the computer when you aren’t working Most people find this a challenge. work intensively for 25 minutes on one thing. then take a 5 minute break. Being in some sort of half-way in between state is no use to anyone. rather than aiming to spend all day concentrating. 8.Only turn on the computer when you know exactly what you’re going to work on Discovering this changed my life. sleep well. It’s also the first step into a procrastination loop. or not.9/12/13 Top 10 tips for fast thesis writing 6. but try to create a binary state. make a cup of tea. If you can do this. take a longer break. get away from the computer. Email is a non-urgent form of communication and the biggest source of distraction in the modern working world. because it feels justifiable to check email when you get distracted. eat well.Check email only after you’ve done at least 2 hours work Even then. and socialise. You are either working.Get the Three Month Thesis Video Tutorials! 3monththesis. but don’t check the internet. stretch your legs.Look after yourself Be nice to yourself. It also helps to… 7. then carry on with what you were doing. This is far easier if you follow the tips 3/13 . write it down. because you’ll have the time to spare for things you actually enjoy doing. 9. whatever you want to do.

that doesn’t mean it has to be painful.. Doctorate.9/12/13 Top 10 tips for fast thesis writing The painless PhD (video course) 00:00 00:20 Just because a PhD is difficult.. Click here for more details 500 word per day grid 500 word per day grid. PhD. The painless PhD is a video course designed to show you exactly what is required at every stage of your PhD.4 KiB 4321 Downloads Details. writing Comments tatiana vastilovia says September 2. productivity. Thesis writing. Thesis Procrastination Tagged With: 10 tips.pdf 30. Thesis. 2013 at 9:04 pm 4/13 . Filed Under: Blog.

but still a fair whack – not to mention 3monththesis. and I aim for 500 words a day as a minimum also. I’ve got 15000 words to write by the end of September. It’s on my mind constantly and I feel like failure because I haven’t finished and I’ve received so much support from my thesis adviser…how do I get unstuck? Reply Angkeara says August 15.9/12/13 Top 10 tips for fast thesis writing thanks a ton james…this is indeed helpful *sigh* i got a thesis which i gt to submit in 4 mnths n havent strt it yet :/ really tensed. and I work afternoons so I don’t have the luxury of time. All the data has been collected and *almost* processed.i hate d criteria of our uni…anyway keeping this on mind…yes it shall work Reply thanks again Sarisha says August 18.. Much appreciated. 2013 at 6:40 pm Thanks for putting this up here. It’s good to know I’m not alone! I’m currently writing my MSc. 2013 at 5:31 pm I’ve been working on my MSc thesis since 2010. Not impossible. 2013 at 10:58 am Many thanks James for all the convincing articles in your blog. I’ve had to basically start from scratch. I get really panicky some days. I was supposed to be done by last year but due my brilliant procrastination and disorganization skills I’m still writing it and now working full time. I just need to finish the analysis and write it all 5/13 . Reply Jo says July 23. and had to ditch the research I’d done from Sept-May as a panel of supervisors decided it was too ambitious.

Chrome Nanny has helped me a lot. I am stuck!:( Need help… Reply jameshayton says November 26. So you can block websites that are distracting you like Facebook. Reply Zaiha says October 9. 2012 at 11:00 am 3 months to write. And use internet only for writing purposes Reply 3monththesis. but would be extremely rare… 2 years is definitely possible but exceptional. 1 year might be physically possible. Yes. can a PhD thesis be done in a year with published papers. Do you think if you have a good planning of what to do and know all the steps for your research. 2012 at 6:10 pm Thank you for great tips James. Good luck to anyone else in the same situation! Reply Julie says November 22. 2012 at 5:32 pm I’m doing my thesis right now and I also have tree months. I was wondering if these 3 months cover just the writing phase or the research itself as well.9/12/13 Top 10 tips for fast thesis writing editing the full 30000 words by then too. having finished 6/13 .

com/ for #8. 2012 at 9:46 am or use Freedom to block the web entirely. right? Reply jameshayton says September 17. 2012 at 11:38 am yes! Reply shila says July 10. 2012 at 7:20 am hi 7/13 . I have only four months and 15 days to finish up everything. 3monththesis. My problems are. very good tips.pomodorotechnique. 2012 at 2:59 am You probably want to cite http://www. but very useful… Reply Andy says September 16. James. I suffer chronic multilevel slipdisc (I have to rest many times. It’s not free (ironically). My thesis is quantitative. and another one I am not masters yet in statistics.9/12/13 Top 10 tips for fast thesis writing jameshayton says October 10. I am experiencing pain during sitting when studying.

Reply 3monththesis. 2011 at 11:45 am I’ve never tried it… writing services might get you through undergraduate reports. Thanks James. syila Reply tulis says January 16. but for a PhD or masters degree where you have to defend your writing it doesn’t seem like a good idea.I have every single bad attitudes that u mentioned in your videos and I need to submit my phd thesis july 2012. 2012 at 4:33 am I think i’m in those procrastination kind of student . Thanks very much.9/12/13 Top 10 tips for fast thesis writing What are your I’m curious if they’re any good? Reply jameshayton says November 8/13 . 2011 at 5:57 pm Have you guys tried writingscore. Reply Matt Clendennen says November 5. This 3 monththesis tips really help me.

And you actually believe what you have written here? Wow. 2011 at 7:58 pm What is this bullshit? I need to write thesis in 3 days not in 3 months. 2011 at 1:31 am haha! where is the ‘like’ button on your website? Reply jameshayton says October 11.9/12/13 Top 10 tips for fast thesis writing Anonymous says May 30. but there is a facebook page here: http://www. 2011 at 11:07 am I took it down because it was slowing down the site. Reply jameshayton says May 9/13 .com/3monththesis Reply 3monththesis. 2011 at 9:42 am maybe you should have started three months ago Reply anniek says October 11.facebook.

2012 at 1:04 pm What are you doing on this site.9/12/13 Top 10 tips for fast thesis writing Ale says June 9. I have to submit the final draft tomorrow and i’m looking at this now. exactly? Reply Subbu says November 26. 2012 at 10:07 pm 10/13 . Reply Leave a Reply Your email address will not be published. 2012 at 10:58 am Hahaha! Some people are UNREAL! What a joke… Reply Ping says August 29.Same here. Required fields are marked * Name * Email * 3monththesis.

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