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10/6/08 7:59 P

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Whenever I'm working on a paper and get stuck I have to step back and look at the big picture. It's like you can't see the forest because of all the trees in the way.

Be sure to remember how far you've come!!! You're at the point where you might start seeing light at the end of the tunnel! Don't forget to celebrate your accomplishments too! It's always good to reward yourself - even if it's something small like writing a paragraph. Each little step will move you towards your ultimate goal. Keep at it!


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10/6/08 7:24 P

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I'm not at the dissertation stage yet, but am fortunate enough to work a senior doctoral student who is defending his dissertation in about 2 weeks. I'm always asking him how he manages to stay so productive and he told me the things that have kept him on track are:

1) Coming to school just about every day to write. Trying to work at home can be too distracting, so he writes a lot in the library

2) Meeting with a writing group every few weeks to report progress. I hope I'm lucky enough to find a supportive group when I'm at this point.

3) Meeting with a peer debriefer once a week. He said it's been helpful to meet with someone who is not writing a dissertation, but is interested in the research to process analysis.

Good luck!

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world."
- Joel A. Barker

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10/6/08 8:43 A

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Help! I'm in the middle of my data analysis for my dissertation, and am becalmed. I'm having a lot of trouble getting back into my old routine of doing something every day. And I'm starting to feel anxious and stressed because I wanted to have completed this step a couple of months ago.

I know about all the things I should do to get myself going again, it's really a problem of getting myself to do them.

What do you do?

'Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.'

After all, as Zig Ziglar said,"The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now."
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