Tell your colleagues that you’re absolutely unavailable during that time.
Get a supply of healthy snacks and drinks to keep in reach.
During the boot camp
Set SMART goals for the week (see the goal setting tips below). Interact with this goal sheet every day, crossing off the goals you’ve achieved, breaking down a goal into sub-goals, and adding new goals as you progress.
Set a timers for your writing periods if it’s helpful (see below for timer options). The Writing Center boot camp schedule is: 90 minutes with no internet, 30 minutes with internet, 60 minutes with no internet, then talking about your writing over lunch.
Turn off your phone and your internet, stop talking, and start writing.
Make an occasional appointment in the Writing Center to talk about your progress, to learn new writing strategies, and to keep yourself motivated.
Smile. You’re doing a great job!
Workshop handouts specifically for dissertation writers: