If you change or alternate your tasks so that you are not doing the same types of activities all the time, you will surely notice that your thinking is fresher and your progress is steadier. There are so many things to do when writing your dissertation such asĀ  writing new text, revising previously composed sections, collecting data, analyzing data, reviewing earlier sections and chapters so that all parts of the document still agree with one another, and, of course, reading. Yes, reading, reading, reading. It is important to balance these tasks so that you have enough time to focus on each, while not getting bored or disconnected from the many different things that need to be done.

When I wrote the Dissertation and Thesis Completion Manual (A.I.C. 2005), I included many Dissertation Completion Behaviors. Here is the list:

Writing, new
Writing, revisions
Editing, form and style
Editing, conceptual and organizational
Reading, books
Reading, articles
Communicating with committee:
In-person
Phoning
Writing
Emailing
Communicating with others:
In-person
Phoning
Writing
Emailing
Literature Searching:
At library
On the internet
Data Collecting:
Mailing
Interviewing
Testing
Training
Receiving
Data Processing:
Programming
In-putting
Coding
Analyzing
Reporting
Discussion:
Interpreting
Concluding
Comparing
Suggesting

These are not the only behaviors needed in the process of writing your dissertation, but it is a very comprehensive list. When, from time to time, you alternate from among these types of activities, you get a better sense of what needs to be done and will be energized to complete your research.