The key to time management is recognizing that time is finite.
Make decisions – Managing time is all about making decisions. When do you research? When do you stop researching? Do you need to interview people? If so, how do you coordinate your schedules? Making wise decisions will assist with a smoother writing project. Also, decide to do the mundane tasks during your less alert periods of the day and save your alert times for your writing.
Set goals – Set a final goal for when you want your writing project to be completed. Then divide the project into smaller chunks and set goals for those. As you tackle each smaller goal, you’ll be tackling your larger goal too. I received some great advice when I was working on my dissertation. A dissertation is a large and daunting project. However, I was told not to think about it as a really large paper, but rather 10 smaller papers.
Prioritize – Learn to say no. No to the television show (tape it for watching later), no to friends who want to go out (instead plan to join them when the project is completed as a celebration event).
Reference: Marilyn Simon (1998) “The Dissertation and Research Cookbook” Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.
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