Weeds and Dissertations

June 13th is National Weed Your Garden Day! Can I stop you on your way out to the garden to talk a minute about how to most effectively weed your dissertation?…

So, how do you weed a dissertation? In a word… Editing.

First, what is a weed, exactly?

Oxford’s definition of a weed is “a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants.”

So, it’s basically just a plant you don’t want.

For your dissertation weeds could be: 1) stray thoughts that distract from the main idea, 2) errors that distract from the main idea, or 3) anything your committee doesn’t like.

Now we know what to dig up when you’re weeding your dissertation. But, don’t get carried away!

Just like a gardener doesn’t need to weed an area that they just planted that very day, editing a section you just wrote is unnecessary, even counter-productive.

Editing can get distracting and prevent you from making forward progress. Let it rest. Plan a time for editing and only edit during that time.

As an example, maybe you decide that Monday-Friday you’ll just write…no editing. Saturday, you take a day off from your dissertation, and Sunday you edit, make revisions, and plan your writing for the following week.

This way you end up spending more time writing (planting), and less time editing and rewriting (weeding).

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Dr. Russell W. Strickland

RUSSELL STRICKLAND, Ph.D., has been referred to as a “rocket scientist turned management consultant.” In truth, he applies an eclectic body of work from astronomy and nuclear physics to dynamic inventory management to market research to each of his student engagements.

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