No extra points for suffering.

You don’t get extra points for suffering. Your dissertation is not inherently more praiseworthy because you suffered through it. Yes, there may be some personal growth that happens through this process, and that, sometimes, can be difficult. However, the...

Accept help graciously.

Consider asking for, and accepting, as much help as you can during this process. Use all the talents and resources of your friends and family. Allow them to help you. Writing a dissertation can be lonely and isolating- not just for you, but also for your family &...

Feel better first.

If you’re feeling ragged, tired, or irritable, you’re not that likely to make good progress on your dissertation. A better strategy is to do what it takes to feel better, first- and then start working. It’s better to have two hours of focused work...

Take the day off.

At certain times of the year (like now), life seems to speed up. There are more deadlines, more obligations, and normal life seems to require just a bit more energy, focus, and oomph than normal. You might be making plans to travel for the holidays, might have...

Self Care Prevents Burnout.

Self care refers to any activity you engage in which leaves you feeling happier, relaxed, nurtured, and as if your life is pretty good. In a process like the dissertation, self care is a critical component to maintaining a healthy, balanced, and reasonably happy...