Posts Tagged ‘energy’

January is the time for take-charge measures.

Weight loss organizations market heavily in January.  Gyms offer great deals.

E-newsletters multiply, magazines bulge with tips to make this year different, and Oprah offers all of us a way to control our weight.

It makes sense to take advantage of the season, the urge, the energy in the air, in your head, in your body.   Use that challenge to your advantage.

Channel it into your dissertation.

You hear the call to join dissertation groups, to buddy-up, to hire a coach.  If you were ever going to sign up for a dissertation boot camp, now could be the time.

A new dissertation coaching client, who long ago stopped taking graduate classes, but, alas, still pays tuition, has decided that she’s in a no-kidding, no-fooling mode.  She paid her tuition for the current winter term. But that’s the last time.  She has decided that she will defend in April.

Another new dissertation coaching client who for a year had been knocked off her stride by a negative reaction to a proposal has now jumped back into the race.

Use the January fever as a resource.  Make your move now.

If you’re interested in dissertation groups or boot camps, I’d like to hear from you.  What do you need?  What would you do if something were available?

For more support and for tips that you can use, go my website and sign up for my Smart Tips newsletter.

You’re in my thoughts.

Until next time,

Nancy Whichard, Ph.D., PCC
Your International Dissertation Coach and Academic Career Coach
nancy @ nancywhichard.com


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The holiday vortex –this time between Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year’s –can suck the energy out of the weak or unprepared.

But for many  veteran writers, and if dissertation writers aren’t veteran writers, I don’t know who would be, this week and next week offer some great writing moments.

If handled right, these next two weeks may be just the right time to step up your process.

When you feel like you don’t have time to write your diss, that may actually be the time to look for 20 minutes here and there

Maintain the high level of energy that being busy and even a bit crazy this week have given you. 

If you maintain that level of energy, you think only about doing the next important task. 
You don’t give yourself the chance to make up excuses or to question whether you know what you’re doing. 

It’s possible that the more you have going on, the more you want to come back to your writing.  After being pulled in two or three other directions, you value the time you can put on your diss.

You ask:  “Oh, what can I get done in the next ten days when so much else is going on?” The answer lies in this way of thinking: Think of the time when you were the most productive in the least amount of time.  Live in that moment.

If you did it before, you can do it again.

Keep busy.  Maintain that high-energy level.  Storm ahead.  And everyone else—stand back, folks!  Out of the way! Writer at work!

This is the time of year when you need a little extra support.  I have something that will be of help.  Go to www.nwcoaching.com and get a free sign-up bonus when you subscribe to my Smart Tips for Writers e-newsletter.

Until next time,

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