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7 and a half hours, Lara that is brilliant!!! As for me, well i reckon i only managed 3 hours! I am a bit annoyed with myself as i find this chapter 7 so hard and by worrying about it, it stops me writing anything creative. I really need to try and be more confident about this. I am going to take your brilliant advice Lara and try to enjoy writing about my ideas, try not too think that they are rubbish, but to enjoy the fact that this is the interesting bit! You are so right, i guess this is the chapter where we can discuss ideas and what the results could mean for the rest of the field. I need to stop being scared of it and just be a bit more confident! Your last post has really motivated me so thanks so much for that. It has also made me feel a bit more positive about things!
Mira: I hope your report writing went well and like Lara says well done on working so late! I really admire that. I am going to try to work late tonight as i really want to achieve a lot today so fingers crossed!

Anyway, hope everyone has a great day,

Aims for today:

Finish section 7.1 Chapter 7
Do the majority of section 7.2 with the aim to have this finished by the end of tomorrow.
Then Sunday finish sections 7.3, 7.4, 7.5
Here goes!!!!!!!!!

Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the forum freelouise1, mira, and krashty!! It's great to know there are more of us out there!! All with similar deadlines it seems!
Well yesterday i had a day off which was nice. Went to London for the day, went to Hamley's and got some toys for mt little nephews, then dinner with friends, then went to the footie match. Got home at 2 am hence the later start today!!
Anyway aims for today, start re-drafting chapter 7!
I have done the easy bits but now have the thinking bits to do which are a lot harder for me! I am aiming to get it finished by Sunday and i need to hand it in Tuesday next week. Fingers crossed!!!!!
Hope you all have a great day

PS: Lara, brilliant about yesterday, well done!!!! 5 and a half hours is fantastic!! Also don't worry about spending a little longer on your chapter 5, you will get this one done and it is good you have picked the one that needs the most work. It will be brilliant when this one is finished and the ones with less to do with then get done quicker so try not too worry. Keep building on the great work you did yesterday and it will be fine. Well done again, really brilliant x

Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day

PS Lara, Hope your day has gone well, and try not too worry, you will definitely get there. Remember, bit by bit, you have done so well and it is all coming together. Keep pushing on and try to stay confident. I definitely think these weeks are the hardest but we are all in the same boat and we can only do our best. It is great that there are a few of us with similar deadlines as we can all help each other get there. Hopefully, before we know it, this will all be a distant memory!!!!!!!!!
Hope you have a great day tomorrow, and see you Thursday.

Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day

Hi everyone,

Hope everybody has had a good day. Well, finally i have managed to get chapter's 1-6 sent off for final comments! I had a little bit of trouble getting the files converted to PDF to send via email to my supervisors. For some reason some of the figures didn't come out but it all got sorted out in the end!!! However, i have just started reading chapter 1 again and am finding loads of mistakes and sentences that don't make sense!!!! Might you, guess if i identify these now i still have time to change them, but am a little worried my thesis is not up to the required standard! A friend of mine said that my supervisors would not let me submit something awful but you hear about these horror stories and i don't want to be one of them!!!
Oh well, least i can have another look at the chapters, see what they think and change stuff to make it better. My deadline is Tuesday 30th September, but i would like to submit the week before (as i am worried about pushing it completely to the wire as i have nightmares about my car breaking down on the day of submission and i don't make it!!!)
Anyway, i guess i can only wait to hear the supervisors comments, so will know try to focus on the work i have left.

Tonight i am trying to get a draft of my abstract done, and the contents page, figure list and table list. Tomorrow i am in London for the day (tickets for a football match in the evening) so have a day off but then straight back to work on Thursday as i need to work thursday to Saturday working on Chapter 7.
Anyway, hope to submit chapter 7 in again next Tuesday so that i can then sort out the references etc.
Therefore aims tonight :

Contents page
Figure list
Table list

Tomorrow : Day off

Thursday - Saturday: Chapter 7!

Hope everyone has had a good day and see you Thursday!!!!!

Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day

You are doing so well and you will get there. Try not to think of it as 6 chapter's to do but just refinements on these chapters. I reckon you are right not too do bits on every chapter each day as it might get a little too much. I wonder if you should pick something easy to do first, maybe alter a figure or figure legend, or tweek a couple of paragraphs and then build from there? You will feel so much better and by starting with a few easier things first will help to build up therest of the day. Then move onto the things that make take longer. Maybe do some easy and also harder things each day. Maybe focussing on one chapter per day or more if you feel like it at the time?
I unserstand it is really hard, and i am also really feeling the pressure too at the moment. I panic, then sit there and don't do anything but bite my nails, panic a bit more and end up getting nothing done!!! I think though if we start with something easy and then build it up maybe this will help with confidence?

Anyway, try not too worry and you will get there, we must try to think about how far we have come and that it will all be worth it in the end. After this though i intent to get a job that does not involve science at all!!!!!!!!
Hang on in there and hope you have a good day tomorrow

Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day

Hi Everyone,

Thanks ever so much for the encouragement Lara, you really are a star. However, i have to confess i have not managed to get everything done. Like you, i spent a lot of the day worrying about the thesis in general, about if it will be good enough to submit in the time left etc etc etc.... Anyway, tomorrow i will be handing in chapter 1-6 but have not done the abstract, finished the references, done any of the contents,figure list, table list

Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day

Hi Everyone, Hope you all had a good weekend. I was a bit naughty!!! and watched a lot of the olympics so today i have loads to do if i want to make my deadline of handing most of my thesis in tomorrow! So i will be having a long day today!!!

Aims: Still have to finish Chapter 1! (am getting there slowly!!!)

Re-read chapters 3,4,5

Write my abstract

Sort out the table, figures and contents pages!

Anyway, hope everyone has a good day!!

Lara: Your posts are again so inspirational! You are right i guess we all have to just carry on and try not to worry! Well done on working over the weekend! You too Armendaf!!!!!

Let's hope we all have a brilliant week!!!!

Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day

Hi Lara, this is fantastic news! Well done!!! You should be really proud of what you have achieved so far and you are nearly there!!!!!!!!! Hope you planning for the next few weeks goes well. Make sure though you have a little break in between though as you really derserve it!! Anyway, again well done, what a brilliant way to end the week!!!!!! :-)

Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day

Hi Everyone!!!

I have not been able to get on the forum because of the new changes untill now!!!!!!! Anyway, just to say hi and hope everyone is getting on ok. I had a bad cold Sunday so did very little Monday as i was recovering, but am fully better now. Still working on chapter 1!! although hoping to have it finished by tomorrow night. Then i need to do the little things (contents page, abstract etc) as i am hoping to hand in a complete first draft of the whole thesis on Tuesday morning. This will be everything except chapter 7 and the references as i am still working on these. I got my chapter 7 back this week and it needs some more work!! Anway aims are :

By Tuesday 19th have everything done except chapter 7 and references to hand in

Tuesday 19th- Tuesday 26th Hand in next draft of chapter 7

Tuesday 26th -Friday 29th Make sure all the references are in and are correct!

Week begininng the 1st September : make sure all my papers are in correct folders and double check i have everything! Write a plan for my viva preparation and start this. Also finish chapter 7 when it comes back again!!!

Anyway hope everyone's day is going well. Also goos luck Lara with your supervisors meeting. You have worked so hard and i hope everything goes well.

Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day


I wrote a hugh message which for some reason has not sent!!!! Anyway i will try again later, but just to check in! Hope everyone is ok,
aims for today, chapter 1!!!

PS Message to follow.......

Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day

PS I agree Lara, where has the week gone!! I checked under the rocks in the garden too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day

Hi Lara: Hope you had a great time with your friends and that all your work is going well. You are doing so well, and it is great you didn't post loads of aims but just the two and that you said you would see how it goes! That is great, and when you have done those aims you should feel really proud and not have to worry that you have a load more to do in the same day!!
I keep posting unrealistic aims on here and i get quite down when i don't get them all done! I am definitely going to try to be more realistic from now on too!

Anyway, i am really tired, had a hard week so am taking this weekend off from study. Need to apply to more jobs Sunday but am having a day off tomorrow, then re-assessing my aims for next week! Monday i will start again with new aims and will try really hard to meet them!!
Anyway have a great weelend everyone and see you Monday!

Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day


Hope everyone has had a good day.
Celesmai: I understand you must be tired. I really admire you for doing your PhD and having a baby. A friend of mine gave birth to a beautiful little girl last week and she was always getting tired before hand. Her baby is really gorgeous though and it definitely will be worth it when your little one arrives.
Thanks also for the good luck message! The interview was a bit nerve racking and i don't think i have all the experience they are after but i guess it is all good interview experience!!!
Armendaf: Hope you are well and that you are doing well meeting your aims! It is nice to know there is another member of the submit by the end of September club!!!

Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day

Anyway, on a positive note i only have sections 1.5, 1.8 and 1.9 to go on chapter 1 and then it is finished! (Well until it gets handed in and revised but at least it will be finished for the time being!!)

Tomorrow, i am not planning to do much thinking (have a dreaded job interview) so will start again on Saturday. My aim is to get all of chapter 1 finished by the end of Monday. Then i will start on sorting out all my references (need to seriously undate my endnote library!) and then move on to next chapters!
Anyway, hope everyone has a great rest of the day and see you all Sat if i don't get a chance to post tomorrow. x

Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day

Hi guys!

Hi Armendaf, welcome to the forum! Good luck with chapter 2 and hope it is going really well.

Lara: Glad you enjoyed the dark knight!! Was Heath Ledger good in it? I have heard his version of the joker is amazing. Fingers crossed, i am hoping to see the film Saturday and really looking forward to it.
As for me my aims have not quite been met!!! I was working on some aims which i quickly becamr bored with I am quite ashamed! If i couldn't find that part exciting how will anyone else!!! I just think i was getting fed up with re-writing that particular bit at that time. Hopefully i will get into it again on a different day!