For those of you not attending this year's Intensive Dissertation Writing Retreat, here's a breakdown of what you missed on the first day: setting SMART goals and breaking down goals into subtasks.
- Specific: determine the what, when, and how of what you plan to do in detailed terms.
- Measurable: define in numbers what you will do (pages written, hours worked, concepts worked on).
- Achievable: make goals you can achieve realistically in the time allotted.
- Relevant: consider which goals are most productive and important to you.
- Time limited: set endpoints to your goals and then reevaluate and reassess your progress.
Now that you have goals, make them manageable by
- Breaking down your goals into tasks: what do you need to do to achieve this goal?
- Breaking down your tasks into subtasks: what steps do you need to complete each task?
- Determining the time amount for subtasks: estimate how long will each task and subtask will take.
If you would like help setting goals and tasks for your dissertation, set up an appointment with the Graduate Division's Writing Peer Kyle Crocco email@example.com