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The article was posted on 23rd August, 2015 in 'Finish your thesis with Dora' blog by Dr. Dora Farkas.

The sweet and tart scent of home-made strawberry jam filled the air in the kitchen of the small rustic cottage.

Nearly 60 jars of fresh strawberry jams decorated with red laced covers lined the dining table and Silvi’s family was looking ahead to a profitable day at the farmer’s market.

Yet, Silvi never felt so miserable in her life.

Silvi’s grandmother, the farm owner, asked Silvi to help her crush, cook, and can strawberries – just a month before her dissertation was due.

Silvi spent her weekend helping her grandmother and she had to make up for the missing days by working extra hours the following week.

She gave up her workouts and several hours of sleep to get back on schedule, because she felt bad saying “No” to her grandmother’s request to prepare strawberry jam for their local farmer’s market.

Do you ever feel guilty denying a favor from someone you care about, even when you are busy writing your dissertation, because you fear that you will hurt their feelings?

Or, do you try to write for 12 hours straight and then feel so much back pain that you have to take off a day to recover?

No one teaches you how to write a dissertation.

After I received approval from my thesis committee to start writing, I found out that had less than a month before the deadline.

I soon realized that in order to graduate that semester, I would have to manage my time better and break several counterproductive work habits, that had made other graduate students’ lives miserable during the dissertation writing phase.

You might recognize some of these habits in your own workflow.

If you do, I assure you that you are not alone, and I have included practical remedies that can help you to reduce the harmful effects of these habits on your dissertation. (Read More)

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