First Things First

As a dissertation writer, do you ever find yourself “borrowing” problems that aren’t there? What I mean is, if you ever have a day where you are feeling pretty good, making steady progress, and everything seems OK- and then, suddenly, your mood dips...

Willpower and the Dissertation

I just finished reading a great book, Willpower, which talks about the importance of self-control and self management. While there were many good points in the book, a few stood out for me as being especially relevant to the dissertation process. Willpower, as defined...

The Culture of Suffering

[podcast]https://www.completeyourdissertation.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/cultureofsuffering.mp3[/podcast] If you’re like most graduate students, you have gotten caught up in a culture of suffering. The culture of suffering says you need to delay all happiness,...

When Timelines Make You Feel Worse

[podcast]https://www.completeyourdissertation.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/timelinefeelsworse.mp3[/podcast] The idea for this post came to me during one of my dissertation coaching sessions earlier this week, when a new client and I were discussing why she had made such...

Overestimation

I read an article recently that says that people tend to seriously overestimate what they can accomplish in one year. A tendency to overestimate in the short term is one reason for a lot of dissertation frustration and failure. Imagine how frustrating it would be if...