When you have come through an episode of chronic illness (or even a bout of acute illness), it’s natural that you will feel impatient and wanting to get back to your dissertation as quickly as possible. If this is the case, just be sure not to underestimate how long it takes to be well again. You might need to work in smaller segments, and you might need to take more frequent breaks. You might need to rest more often in the day, or you might need to be flexible in your scheduling. Listen to your body and don’t beat yourself up for needing to make these changes. Remember, you can get the dissertation done feeling as good as possible or as bad as possible. Which sounds better?