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When you look back on the last week of January 2008, here is what I hope you will say: “That was when I stopped thinking that I should make headway on my dissertation and actually took the steps to do something about it.  Everything turned around for me, starting with that week.”

If you want this to be true for you—and it can be—what will you do to make it happen?

First of all, you need to lower the bar.  Yes, that’s right, step back and take a deep breath. 

This time will be different. 

This time will be a measured, planned, step-by-step approach to re-starting and writing your dissertation.

This time, you’ll make realistic goals and show up to meet those goals.  No hiding out.  No head in the sand.
No more knocking yourself around for what you haven’t done and how much time you’ve wasted.

This new beginning in writing your dissertation will be one you’ll look back on proudly.

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All good wishes to you for a fresh beginning this last week of January.

Your Dissertation Coach

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I asked one of my dissertation coaching clients if he planned to make any resolutions for the New Year.

He said, “I make changes throughout the year.”

He has a long-term plan in place and makes changes as needed.  What great planning!

If you also have a plan in place that is working for you, congratulations!  Keep it going.

But for most of us, even if our writing plan or dissertation plan is working, some midstream adjustments might be needed.

We need all sorts of support and reminders to keep the action going.

As you consider making resolutions for 2008, consider first where change would be the most effective and then how you could put a few check points in place.

Here are 5 tips to make sure this year’s plan is solid and well supported:

1. Make a list of the areas of your dissertation where you have control.

2. Check where you could fine-tune those areas. Which are priorities?  Which can you let go of for now?

3.  What one aspect of your dissertation process have you been avoiding? Pivotal changes usually come from small steps.

4.  Buddy up with a resolute partner.  Who do you know who is determined to finish a writing project or to help you finish?  What are you waiting for?

5.  Put check points in place, such as weekly calls, a timetable for submitting work, or notes to yourself in your calendar.  Anticipate times where you think you’ll have challenges.  Every two months or every three months?  Every week?

Sometimes the work becomes a bit bogged down and without clear check points in place, we miss (or avoid) looking at what adjustments are needed.

Resolutions are terrific, but we need added measures in place to keep us honest.

We all mean well, but, heck, we’re human.  If there’s a way out or a way to slow down, we’ll probably take that route.

But not this year!

All good wishes, with hope and gratitude thrown in, too.  Let me know if I can help.  Here’s wishing you a happy and productive 2008.

Your Dissertation Coach
nancy @ nancywhichard.com

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