A new technique that I’m trying out in my own life is this concept of reading, writing, and rest days. Now, as it sounds, it’s a three-part model that consists of reading on some days, writing on some days, and resting on other days.
Now, it occurred to me as I was planning out my goals for this month was that this idea of reading, writing, and rest could actually apply to your dissertation process. So, I decided to think about this a little bit further and see if I could give you a model that you might be able to apply to help you make progress more quickly.
Here’s what I have come up with: start planning out your dissertation process in 3 segments. The first segment are reading days. On your reading days, your focus will be on information gathering and synthesis. These days would ones, for example, where you would read articles and take notes on them. You might also use these days to draft outlines or conceptualize relationships. The goal of these days would be acquire, gain, create, or develop more information to help with the writing days.
So this is the first step of the model. The idea is this; when you are looking to accomplish anything big, you need to have a balance of new ideas and time to think about your ideas, which would be the reading days.
The way that I have set it up for myself, and this is a good model for you to borrow as you refine it for yourself, is that I’ve tried to set up 2 days of reading and 3 days of writing, and than 2 days of rest.
In Part 2 – we’ll review the Writing Days.