Be honest with yourself.

One of the best ways to bring yourself into dissertation alignment (you know, that place where you feel clear on what you need to do, and clear that you’re making progress) is to be honest with yourself. If you say you will work on the dissertation, do it. If...

Get some extra rest…

One really important emotional/psychological element of dissertation success is adequate self care. As a generality, most graduate students hardly have the time or extra energy to devote to good self care. While you are away from the daily schedule of the regular...

Practice letting go.

One of the biggest challenges in the dissertation process is around letting go. Letting go of your perfectionism, letting go of your fear, letting go of anxiety, and, ultimately, letting go of your project so you can get feedback. Letting go is a skill that can be...

Enjoyment is important!

After moving through an _extremely_ hectic schedule over the past 2 months, I suddenly crashed (and it was not pretty.) This reminded me, (and reminded me to remind you) that enjoyment is important to living a happy life. Now, enjoyment & the dissertation might...

Eat good food.

Ok- so I know this is a dissertation related blog, but, believe me, eating good food is an important part of a successful (self caring) dissertation process. This came up in high relief for me, personally, over the past few days- I noticed my energy was low and I was...

Sometimes, enough is good enough!

Ok- I confess… I’m a person who routinely has more stuff to do than I have time to do it in. You might feel this way, yourself, especially if you’re juggling the dissertation, a partner/spouse, children, a home, work, plans for the future… you...