In Part 1 – we reviewed your reading days. The 2nd Part of Reading, Writing, and Rest Days is Writing.
You need to have time where you are turning your ideas into output or production, which are your writing days.
So, in the dissertation process, the usable output is actually going to be pages of your project. In my own business, I use the writing days to turn out articles, new products, work on my books, develop classes and seminars, and sometimes to do other kinds of marketing activities.
The writing days are really, really important because it’s too easy (as you know) to get stuck in just reading, reading, reading, and not applying or using what it is you’ve read.
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.
The writing days must emphasize output: measurable output. It’s not a writing day if words don’t make it onto paper or onto screen.
If you find that your writing days are challenging or difficult, it may be that you need a bit more preparation to write. In this case, increase your reading day by 1 and use this extra time to develop a strong outline for writing.
In Part 3 – We’ll review the Rest Days.