August, for many people writing dissertations, is the month of if-not-now-when?
Other responsibilities are on the horizon, but what can you do to make use of the time August offers you? If you use the time you have now, you’ll very likely be controlling the space where you will be working and living later on.
1. How to take control over your time and space —
How does your location affect how well you work? Tom has the chance to talk with scholars who could give him the job he’s been dreaming about. To prepare for this conversation, he has several papers written by those scholars. Unfortunately, he has been doing more dreaming than reading. The problem is that he’s sitting on the small balcony of his apartment, half-reading, half-daydreaming. If there is anything you have control over, it’s where you are doing your work. Go to the library.
2. How to control the power others have over your time —
Draw boundaries. Boundaries are a mental image to help you hold at bay those people who would use you. Drawing boundaries can make all of those people outside the boundary a bit fuzzy to you. You just can’t see out there. Inside the boundaries, you have space to expand and to grow. Imagine yourself moving above and beyond the current situation.
3. This is the time to do your most important work. Make sure that what you are doing will move you closer to your goal.
Eliminate distractions, draw boundaries, and focus on your work! Write while there is time.
Have a great week!
Until next time,