Now, you may have heard me say before that it’s a good way to mark the end of a chapter by actually wrapping up all of the materials and filing them away. That is definitely an important step in the process. The other aspect of that though, is that when you have moved on to a new kind of dissertation work; such as when you are inputting data for analyses or when you are working on the results section or creating tables, you may also need to reorganize your working space and your working style.
What that means is, when you are looking to reorganize your working space; let’s say for example, you are writing a chapter of the dissertation, your working space may just look something like having your computer set up, a good table lamp, a good chair, and perhaps some space to read from a book, or a quote from a source. However, when you are actually constructing the pathway through your results, your working space may look something different. For example, you may need just a large flat surface where can put out pieces of paper and map your way to your findings. Similarly, when writing the discussion, you may need some kind of hybrid of those two models.