Ok. So my "to-do" list for today was really long…and somehow it’s taken a very long time to get anything done. Why? I realized, after several lost hours, that I was approaching some of my work from the hard way.

The hard way, in my case, was trying to find the perfect solution (which, as it turns out, probably doesn’t exist, yet) and in wasting a lot of time trying to find the best when "good enough" will probably do.

That’s the problem with being meticulous sometimes. Anyway, this got me thinking about the idea of the hard way to achieve, and the easy way. The hard way feels difficult and you put in a lot of effort for not a lot of result.

In your dissertation process, you might be doing things the hard way when you keep searching for a particular reference or citation, spending hours on something which may not be that important, or for which a "good enough" fit can be found. You also know you’re doing things the hard way when you feel burdened and overwhelmed, and like the work is "never going to get done."

A good rule of thumb is to check in with yourself at least once every few hours and make sure you’re still approaching your work the best way possible. If you build in regular "checkpoints", you can save yourself many hours of lost effort.

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3 Major Announcements:

1) I’ve decided to open up a forum for all of you to meet up and discuss the dissertation, life, and your progress. It’s totally free (you just have to register and confirm your email address). I’ll tell you how you can get there in just a second.

2) I’ll be holding a 60 minute telephone based seminar on "Writing Tips for Finishing the Dissertation", which will cover how to segment your work and how to structure your chapter so you can finish more quickly. The teleseminar (meeting by phone) will take place on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 9pm Eastern. The cost is $10.00. If you’re a member of The Secrets of Dissertation Success program, please plan to attend at no charge. If you’re not a member, and would like to be, keep reading for a discount on membership. If you don’t want to join, but would like to attend the teleseminar, please order Writing Tips for the Dissertation teleseminar

3) For the rest of January, I’m going to offer $5 off your monthly dues if you join the Secrets of Dissertation Success membership by January 30th, 2007. If you join before then, you can attend the "Writing Tips for Finishing the Dissertation" teleseminar absolutely free, plus you will be able to download a recording of the call from the members area, in case you’d like to review it again. If you’re already a member in good standing, I will credit your account the difference between what you’ve paid and this $5 discount. This discount is good for the entire duration of your continual membership to the site.

Remember, the discount is only good until January 30, 2007, and if you sign up by then, you can attend each and every monthly teleseminar- for free- for as long as you remain a member.

This discount is good for as long as you remain a member. You can sign up here: The Secrets of Dissertation Success 

So let’s recap:

To access the forum: http://www.CompleteYourDissertation.com/forum  (good deal)

To sign up for the Wednesday Jan 31st teleseminar without joining the membership: Click here  (good deal)

To join the membership site, and save $5 off your monthly membership dues, click here (best deal)

I look forward to working with you!