Balancing Teaching and Dissertation Writing

DeadlineEarly last week I was successfully following my work schedule, which includes re-shooting about 30 videos for the online course I’ll teach in fall, revising my dissertation introduction chapter, and writing the first draft of the lit review chapter.

Then I received a phone call that changed my work schedule.

A week earlier I had applied to teach another online course. My application was successful and I now have 27 more videos to shoot.

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Organizing Journal Articles

create-865017_960_720One of the biggest challenges I’ve had on my PhD journey is organizing. Organizing journal articles, organizing time, organizing the contents of the dissertation, and organizing concurrent projects.

I’m not the first, and I certainly won’t be the last, PhD student to have these problems. Over the last couple of years I’ve read copious blogs posts and talked to other PhD students about how they organize everything to do with school, and, not surprisingly, everyone has different methods or organizational procedures.

Raul Pacheco-Vega provides excellent advice about organizing at the academic level. I totally understand why he is an organizational guru. Like me, he values his time and strives to work effectively and efficiently as possible.

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