Focus on Efficiency, Not Perfection

If you’re stuck at any point in the dissertation process, borrow my phrase: "focus on efficiency, not perfection." What this means is that you find the fastest way to get out of the quagmire and moving ahead on the path. This will mean different things...

Getting Organized to Make Progress

It’s been really hectic around here, with juggling multiple responsibilities and deadlines. I had a great time speaking last week to a group of really bright and very motivated PhD students at Montgomery College. We covered some of my best PhD Completion...

Overwhelmed? Narrow Your Focus.

The concept of overwhelm is one that frequently arises in the dissertation process. This is not surprising. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re faced with such a large and open ended project- and when the only timelines, in general, are those you...

How to Stay Motivated

I’ve been reviewing a lot of material on goal setting lately, and some of it is very applicable to the dissertation process. Two of the most useful ideas relate to setting realistic goals, and getting rid of unrealistic expectations. Setting realistic goals...

Happy Holidays!

I just wanted to take a minute to wish you Happy Holidays! I hope 2007 is wonderful and success-filled for each and every one of you. I even wrote you a little poem to commemorate the end of this year and start of another. (I’m still a long way from Dr. Seuss,...