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Getting it Done

Good afternoon.  I am sitting here in my office taking a break from dissertation revisions and thinking about the varying pieces of advice about when to write, how much, etc.  I know people that write in the morning, but refuse to right at night and vice versa. I have also been given many other ideas and tried a few.  Whether it was writing in short blocks, using the 5×50 method of productivity, or writing for an entire day each week, I found each to have pros and cons.  No system has been perfect for me, but I am currently using the self Journal from to manage and boost my productivity.  I really love their approach and it is working for me.  However, I have tried some of the other ideas out there and did not like them as much.  Therefore, my advice is two-fold: 1.  Write everyday, even if it is a small amount, 2. Find a system that works for you.  It may take some time to find something that works for you, but as long as you are writing each day, you will get things done until you can find a system that truly works for you.  If a professor or colleague suggests working and breaking in 15 minute blocks and that interests you, then give it a shot.  But, if you find yourself working for 15 minutes, taking a Facebook break for 15 minutes, binge watching Netflix for 3 hours, and then writing for 15 more minutes, you may want to look at other options. When you find something that works for you, stick with it, but remember that writing is not always easy, requires perseverance, and it may take some time before you become your most productive self.  And now, back to my dissertation revisions.


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I recently completed my PhD in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) at the University of Wyoming. I have published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals and have a book chapter coming early next year. I aim to explore issues of privilege and equity of education, especially as they pertain to STEM education.

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