Advice for finishing a PhD thesis while working?
September 17, 2011 6:29 PM Subscribe
Any advice for finishing a PhD thesis while working?
posted by miyabo to education (14 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I'm an ABD PhD student. I also work full time. I really like my job and I'm good at it. My supervisor and coworkers are extremely supportive of my grad school endeavours. The job only really requires 40 hours a week, and I have a short commute and no kids, so finishing up my thesis should be doable.
But I can't seem to actually write...I'll have a busy week at work, set the thesis aside, and pretty soon two months have gone by and I've made zero progress whatsoever. If I have a choice about what to do with an extra evening, I seem to gravitate towards work rather than school (even though working evenings really isn't necessary). If I avoid work, I end up browsing the web until bedtime. When I really try hard to concentrate on my thesis, my eyes just sort of slip off the page. If it keeps going like this, my program will kick me out for lack of progress (which I'm terrified of).
I'd like to know if anyone here has any awesome tricks for keeping yourself motivated and accountable while working on a thesis (or other similar, long-term independent project). I'll probably be in this situation for two years (if I can break this writer's block), so I really need to make it work for the long haul.
I've tried setting specific deadlines for chapters, but they don't seem to really work without any kind of outside enforcement. I really don't feel comfortable enlisting my friends or family to help me stick to deadlines. Maybe I can hire someone to yell at me periodically?