Again behind the schedule? Half As Bad – Author of the book> The Writing Code <Harald Rau explains how to get a handle on your work
Great, again thirsting with procrastination all day. You have the best prerequisites: a good library, a nice job there and a quiet place to write at home, plus a lot of motivation for the topic, and your friends and even your family will support you wherever they can. Nevertheless, there is a “really”. The task is too big for you on a regular basis, you think that if you have less than two hours, it does not pay to do a thesis project on your big project anyway. And the good advice comes out to your ears: “You just have to turn off all distractions, then it goes on by itself!” But: it just is not. You’re nailed up, just see that you’re not coming to the end, and with each new day, the stress increases. So what do you do?
Write down everything: Divide the thinking
Do not despair. Be aware: There is nothing more important than your outline. You make that in the beginning, right after you’ve decided on a topic that you do not have a clue about yet. The decisive factor is that the structure is not fixed, but grows, shrinks, changes, collects first shorter, then longer headlines, may get over time a further level of articulation. And ideally, it breaks down your thinking. An important helper, if you can not stay on the ball almost every day – at least very regularly in large writing projects.
The second tip: write everything down at the beginning. Really everything – quotes that you encounter, hints from friends and classmates as well as ideas and references to other references.
Do not forget: raw versions are unfinished
Do not worry: it may be unfinished. The important thing is that it is written down. After all, you often remember a good idea, a suggestion, a tip – but then you no longer exactly present it. If it is recorded in the document, you will quickly find the content using the search function.
The real trick here, however, is to integrate all the key points right at the right place in the work. So your hints are already assigned in the appropriate chapter, in the appropriate section and possibly even an explicit subsection. It is essential that you immediately and immediately record your sources. In this way, you gradually build up a solid framework in the form of a collection of materials. It will hardly come to writer’s block, because in the true sense you do not write, but you collect and order. Your document may seem a bit chaotic, but at the moment it should be understood as a research protocol. You do not have to pay attention to style and writing.
Simple but effective: the outline view
Overall, you can stay courageous with all this: It is quite ok to shift very generously individual sections and elements in the course of the work, if you recognize over time that a train of thought can much better be assigned to another chapter. In order not to lose track, it helps to work in Outline View – a specific view setting in the word processing program. The reason? In outline view, you can open each chapter or subchapter one at a time, and only show the first, second, third, or fourth heading level. Totally simple – but incredibly effective.
Habits? Just turn it upside down
And another tip – but beware, you have to break with your habits: do not write your work from front to back – one side at a time – but from bottom to top – starting with the lowest level of outline. You doubt? At first you have to commit yourself again and again, but once you have internalized the method, then it works. Sure, because you have created in the previously described method of working a super fabric collection – and now wants to be sorted purposefully again. This works best when you start at the lowest level and feel your way up the ladder. The advantage: You can insert so-called> lighthouses <at the highest level. These are elegant transitions between the chapters, each illuminating the field of your work in all directions.
In summary, the key step to success is breaking it down early, doing this in the right way to set up the software and using stylesheets, and at the end, writing from the bottom to the top of the outline levels. Only at the beginning this is a bit exhausting. Once you have changed, the work feels really easier!
Do it. Now
Translating from Latin into German means procrastinating ‘to move to tomorrow’. It is estimated that 70 percent of students postpone their work in phases, 25 percent are chronic pushers. > The> Writing Code <. Better graduation in less time <, by Harald Rau helps to tackle the evil at the root and the scapegoat graduation work behind.