Another convert to “Write First Thing”–hurray!
One of my coaching clients said that he tried the method of getting up half an hour earlier than usual and working first-thing on some dissertation free-writing. He said it worked great for him. He got a lot of work done, not in those half-hours per se, but in the afternoons.
He focuses on his dissertation before the day gets a good start, and then occasionally during the day at his office, he finds himself thinking about where his free-writing had taken him
Since he has had his dissertation on his mind off and on all day, he finds when he returns home later in the day that he has a ready starting point for his writing.
Interestingly, he actually thinks he’s more focused when he has just a half hour of free-writing each morning and then a couple of hours later in the day than when he has a whole day that he can give to his dissertation.
Sometimes less is more.
All good wishes,
Nancy Whichard, Ph.D., PCC
Your International Dissertation and Academic Career Coach