Are you writing at a snail’s pace? Are you stopping short of making your deadlines? Are you still not meeting your goals? What’s it going to take at the end of the day to have completed what you said you were going to do?
Try a fast, easy adjustment — making a small change can sometimes have a good effect. Let a quick-fix jolt in you into action.
Here are 3 quick-fixes that are truly Smart Tips:
1. Put your dissertation on your Desktop.
How many clicks does it take, for you to get your writing up on your screen?
Make it easy to get to your work! At the same time, lessen the possibility of getting distracted by another file or (Quelle horreur !) email.
2. Be a good boss.
You’re the manager for your writing project, so act like one. Decide how much of one hour you work. A 52-minute hour sounds good to me. Work 52 minutes and get an 8-minute break.
One of my relatives, who is coaching his son’s first team sport, told his son, “While we’re practicing and playing, you can call me Coach or Mr. ______, but not Daddy.” His son smartly said, “O.k., Coach.”
When you’re writing or on a break, call yourself Boss and listen to that Wise Person within that you’re addressing as Boss.
3. Plan your breaks.
What are you going to do during each break? Make sure the break refreshes. Sitting down in front of yet another “Law and Order” or “The View” will not refresh. Take it from me, TV is addictive and exhausting. Go there and you’ll regret it! Instead take a shower and wash your hair. Or see how far you can walk in 4 minutes. At 4 minutes, turn back in order to be at work when the “boss” starts to look for you.
A colleague told me yesterday that her coach told her to “get out of your own big, fat way.” How about you? Do you need to get out of your own big, fat way? To get into action fast, it’s time to get serious. Put one of these Smart Tips into use today. Try just one quick fix and say to yourself, “Thanks for that tip, Boss. I needed a change.”
I have more Smart Tips for you. I’m just about ready to send out my Smart Tips newsletter. I think you’ll enjoy it – the lead article in this issue is “5 Strategies for Drastic Situations.”
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My very best to you,
Nancy Whichard, PhD, PCC
Your International Dissertation Coach