Before beginning a writing project, remember the acronym PROCEED.
P – possess a positive attitude
R – read efficiently to understand the subject you’ll be writing about
O – organize your time to make room for the project
C – create a working environment that will nurture you during the project
E – extend your note taking and writing skills using processes such as mind mapping, record keeping, or PIE writing.
E – enter your information into a computer, journal, dictaphone, or writing pad
D – design a survival kit*
*Survival Kit suggestions
computer, pencils, ruler, dictionary, scissors, bookcase, highlighters, calculator, clock, modem, pencil sharpener, graph paper, thesaurus, 3-hole punch, writing table, colored pens or pencils, index cards, comfortable chairs, printer, paper, erasers, wastebasket, tape, paper clips, surge protector, back up system, favorite pen, favorite cup, tea or coffee or other favorite drink, protein such as protein bars or nuts, and chocolate, or other favorite food.
Reference: Marilyn Simon (1998) “The Dissertation and Research Cookbook” Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.
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