Anyone involved in a doctoral dissertation will know that planning is essential. You can go further than that. You can develop a very strong argument to say that people who write a successful doctoral dissertation are those who are very successful at planning. And of the many aspects of planning which are involved, planning your time is arguably the most important.
You're not going to finish your dissertation in a short amount of time. So rather than waste time, rather than spend unnecessary time doing tasks ineffectively, learn how to manage your time. There are a number of things you can do to become better at this basic operation.
- Be doubly sure of your topic and a thesis statement.
- Remain in constant contact with your supervisor.
- Draw up a timetable which charts your progress for the foreseeable future.
- Consider travel time, work environment and possible interruptions.