Faster Thesis Writing in 10 Steps

Thesis writing by its nature is overwhelming for many students due to the sheer amount of time involved in the process. However, there are 10 steps you can follow to help you write your paper faster than ever.

Set a Deadline for Research Completion

Research can be time consuming, and it can also go on indefinitely if you do not set a limit. By setting a deadline for completing your research, you will allow yourself the time needed to come up with the most important information. Once you set this deadline, you have to stick to it – no exceptions/

Set a Deadline for Thesis Completion

Just as the research portion can continue indefinitely, so too can the writing. Set your own deadline to ensure that you stop working on the paper in enough time to allow you to thoroughly proof and edit the piece.

Institute Word Counts

Create daily word counts to ensure that you stay on track with all of the other deadlines. Your daily word count should be low; as this will help you meet or beat your deadlines.

Set Chapter Completion and Review Dates

Allow a specific amount of time for each chapter. This will help you stay on track to meet your thesis completion deadline, and break the entire paper down into easier to manage chunks of writing. You will need to share this information with your supervisor to ensure that he or she can review each chapter and provide feedback.

Choose a Writing Environment

The area in which you choose to write needs to have minimal distractions, and be a comfortable area that will allow you to stay focused on your writing. Your best option is to choose an area that will not allow friends and loved ones to distract you during the writing process.

Avoid the Internet

Checking emails is the single highest time waster, and you need to ensure that wherever you choose to work does not have internet access. This will minimise the time spent on frivolous activities, and allow you to focus completely on the paper.

Set Timed Work Blocks

Breaking up the writing process allows you to step back and collect your thoughts. Plan to focus all of your attention on a single idea for up to 30 minutes, and force yourself to take a break when the time limit has been reached. Setting smaller blocks of time to write will help your brain stay engaged with the task at hand.

Avoid the Power Button until you are Ready

Make sure that you do not even fire up your computer up if you are not actually prepared to write. Staring at a blank screen for 15 minutes is not productive, and if you have to force yourself to write something, it will not be the best work you can do. Make sure you know what you plan to write about before starting your time.

Walk Away

When you have met your deadlines for daily writing, make sure to walk away from the computer. This will ensure that your brain understands when it needs to be functioning at its highest levels.

Provide Proper Care

In order to produce your best work, you need to make sure you take care of yourself. Your body still needs rest, a healthy diet, and time spent on things you enjoy. This decompression will keep you healthy, and make sure you don’t get burned out.

You will see results when following these 10 steps for writing a faster thesis, as you move a bit closer to thesis completion each day.

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Steffi Loreti

Dr. Steffi Loreti has earned her PhD in Social Psychology. She has taught history and sociology for over fifteen years and has published forty seven research papers in impact factor journals. She has seven years of hands-on experience in reviewing and editing dissertations, proposals and technical manuscripts. She has chaired over 100 dissertations in the past. She has been supporting scholars through her company named 24x7 Editing, which offers detailed proofreading, editing and formatting services.

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