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I hear many people say that they can’t write their dissertation.
Is that you?  Has it been too long since you have written anything?  Or too long since you contacted your advisor?

How about shaking things up a bit?  Where can you make a small change or even take a bold step?

Many of my clients have taken incredibly brave and bold actions to help them re-start on their dissertations.  Changing their physical space was a great motivator.

In the past, I have had clients check into a hotel for a week-end to get away from home and hearth or whatever is stopping her or him from writing.  And that works.  Changing the scenery and physically removing yourself from the everyday distractions almost always helps you move forward on your dissertation.

However, what one of my clients has planned to do is even bolder.

She is leaving behind her day-to-day life and moving across country to the city where her advisor now teaches.   She’ll sublet an apartment and go to the library every day.  Her advisor has agreed to be available to her.

And she has a plan:  she has a specific time line for what she plans to do.

She is leaving behind her other responsibilities—she won’t tele-commute for her employer, she won’t worry about the bills for now.

What about you?  Where can you shake things up and take a
bold step?  What would be a step out of the ordinary for you? Even small changes can motivate you into action on your dissertation.

Please write and tell me what you are planning to do.  I’d love to hear from you.

I have a suggestion for a bold step.  How about a virtual dissertation boot camp?  If a virtual boot camp sounds interesting, check out my website:  www.nancywhichard.com.

And do sign up for my newsletter while you’re at my website. There are always some handy tips in Smart Tips for Writers.

Happy Holidays!

Nancy Whichard, Ph.D., PCC
Your International Dissertation and Academic Career Coach


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