PhD Thesis Tips: how to Schedule your Writing

Writing a PhD thesis takes skillful time management to accomplish. You will undoubtedly spend countless hours researching and taking notes. You may be waiting until you get to the end of your research before you begin to write your thesis. However, scheduling time to write your doctoral thesis everyday can make writing your paper a little easier. Here are some tips on how to schedule your writing.

Schedule some time each day to work on your thesis. You probably have a lot of things going on right now. As a graduate student, you may be working while you complete your PhD. Scheduling time to work on your thesis can seem impossible. You definitely will need to schedule time each day to write. Even if it’s just for a half an hour each day, that slow and steady work toward your final PhD thesis will add up quicker than you realize.

Keep a daily to-do list. It’s hard to earn a degree without having a planner where you plot out your day. If you don’t have a daily planner, you should start one today, even if it is only to plan out time for you to write. Having a visual check list of what you have to do each day will help you find time in your schedule to work on your PhD thesis that you may not have realized that you have.

Stick to your deadlines. One way to keep moving your PhD thesis forward is to set milestones for yourself. This week, you want to accomplish x by this date. While you may not always hit your mark, having it written down and trying your best to meet it will help you to keep working everyday toward your goal.

Don’t stress a missed milestone. These are goals you have set for yourself, so you may not meet your goal every week or every day; don’t let it stress you out. If you were just too tired at the end of the day to even think about your PhD thesis, that’s fine. Your mind may be telling you to give yourself a little space. Stressing missed milestones will only hinder your progress.

The bottom line is that if you schedule your writing incrementally, you won’t feel as much pressure as you near the final draft of your thesis to write hundreds of pages all at once. If you have kept up your writing schedule, you will likely be surprised at how much you have already done.