Wine and Dissertations
May 25th is National Wine Day. So, let’s raise a glass to all the progress you’ve made in your dissertation, even if you think there isn’t any!…
The dissertation often takes students 3, 4, 5 years to complete. And, sometimes more! Even the fastest group of dissertation students out there, those in my Fast Track Your Dissertation Coaching Programs, invest 12 – 18 months into the process.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Marathon runners I know (and, this is definitely second-hand experience!) tell me that the way to maintain momentum is to focus on one milestone at a time.
For them that can literally be the last mile. What was my split time? How’s my heart rate? What’s my step count?
Each split completed according to the goals set up in their game plan is a victory and merits a mental celebration.
You should treat your dissertation the same way. Plus, you have the added advantage of not having to run non-stop all of the way to the finish line. You can take an occasional night off to celebrate those minor victories along the way.
As for me, I’ve had a pretty good week. I’ve led several doctoral students to adopt a winning strategy for completing their dissertations. I’ve helped a couple of students hone their research plans, gaining much improved clarity into their dissertation journeys as a result. And, three of my Fast Track Your Dissertation students reported that they’ve successfully defended their dissertations!
More than a pretty good week, I’d say! So, I’m taking my kids to the pool this evening, and my wife and I are going to share a bottle of wine.
You deserve it, too! So, what successes will you be toasting this evening?
Do you have trouble coming up with something to celebrate when it come to your dissertation? Then, click here to schedule a quick, 15-minute chat with me to see if you’re a good candidate for our Fast Track Your Dissertation Coaching Program. If you are, then I’ll invite you to join the fastest group of dissertation students out there and help you to reach graduation a good year or two faster than you would on your own.