How to get out of a prospectus-dissertation-writing funk

I got some great advice about how to get out of a Prospectus-Dissertation-writing-funk/rut.
– Do something everyday that pertains to the Dissertation, optimally at the same block of time.
– Tackle easiest task first to get back into things.
– If not able to write, then read something pertaining to dissertation to stay connected to topic of Dissertation. The reading could motivate or inspire you to get back to writing your Dissertation.

PhD – I think I can do this!

Written when I was – Currently working on revising Prospectus. Framing things in terms of things I already accomplished is helpful, When I was preparing to take a 6 hr comprehensive exam, I approached it like preparing to teach two 3 hr classes! So, writing and revising a prospectus is like working on the Comprehensive Exam proposals. And each chapter of the Dissertation is more or less like a paper and also like a comp exam. My goal was to prepare 6 weeks for each comprehensive exam. So if I approach writing each chapter of my dissertation like preparing and taking a comprehensive exam, I think I can do this!

Dissertation committee insight

Don’t choose a “safe” dissertation committee. Choose committee members who see and believe in the potential of your work! Never knew how important working with dissertation committee members are to stretching your own creativity and vision! So thankful.

advice & tips on prospectus defense preparation:

I wrote this up for a friend who is defending his prospectus soon. So sharing it here. This is what I did or how I would prepare if I were doing it again…

I jotted down reflections to the following questions in my journal.

Be prepared to say –

  1. if/as you feel important, give very brief description of the way you came to your topic,
  2. why your topic or question is important to address
  3. how the way you intend to answer questions is valuable and necessary, i.e., your contribution is unique and that it is necessary for the discipline.

 

ABD – all but dissertation

Yes, I am officially ABD (all but dissertation)!  So this means I have fulfilled all the requirement for Ph.D. degree except for writing and defending the dissertation!  To get here, I completed course work, took comprehensive exams, wrote and defended a prospectus (proposal for dissertation), and got my prospectus officially approved!  ABD are the best three letters for a doctorate student, second to PhD!  Yay!

Sleep Apnea – I’m done with it!

I no longer have sleep apnea! Last year I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and had to use C-Pap machine or get a dental device to treat my sleep apnea.  Great news is that I no longer have sleep apnea!  How?  I lost 35 lbs in the past two years.  Last year when I got diagnosed for sleep apnea, I was about 330-35 lbs heavier than I am now.  I lost weight so I went back to my neurologist and took another sleep test.  And she told me my AHI was in the normal range.  She said I should still avoid sleeping on my back and recommended some devices, way cheaper and more comfortable than C-Pap machine.  So I’m just going to post them here.  This is not an advertisement, just a public service announcement of sorts.  After I checked out websites, I decided to use my fanny pack, the kind you wear around your waist like when you are running or something, going to fill it with some old clothes and wear it around my chest when I go to sleep.  Cheapest training device was $79, and can be upwards of few hundred dollars depending on what the device is capable of doing.  So anyway, in case you want a more comfortable and cheaper solution to improving your health and managing your sleep apnea, see below.

My Neurologist recommended the following:

I would still recommend you avoid sleeping on your back.  See below 

Several options for position training include:

Snore ball/sleep apnea t-shirt, backpack(filled with old clothes), a fanny pack with tennis balls, or a pregnancy pillow (U shaped)

Professional bumpers/trainers including :

ZZoma —- https://www.zzomaosa.com/

Slumberbump —-   https://www.slumberbump.com/

Rem-A-Tee —– https://rematee.com/

Vibrating Positional trainer

Phillips Night Balance

The Sleep Position Trainer

Night Shift Therapy

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For you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety

Sharing Psalm 4 here, which has been on my heart. Sleeping in peace every night is a blessing I often take for granted. But many of my friends don’t sleep well. In fact, most of my close friends don’t sleep well. I’ve been recommending this Psalm hoping this Psalm could be of comfort and bring peaceful sleep.

Good night, my friends.

Good night, friends I have yet to meet.

May you be at peace and sleep so that you will be restored by rest and have courage and strength to face tomorrow.

I recommend reading it over and over for desired effect. 😴

Peace

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Psalm 4

Confident Plea for Deliverance from Enemies.

To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

1 Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

2 How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame? How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?

Selah

3 But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.

4 When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent.

Selah

5 Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.

6 There are many who say, “O that we might see some good! Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!”

7 You have put gladness in my heart more than when their grain and wine abound.

8 I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.