On the opposite end of the spectrum from the perfectionist approach, there are students who write their papers the night before without using good proposals in their dissertation. This hasty work will sabotage your outcome, and it is quickly apparent to the advisory committee, who will respond negatively to sloppy work.

It is obvious when you are too casual in writing your dissertation. You cannot put your proposal together in just a few weeks without any clear ideas or focus on your research questions, hypotheses, measurement instruments, and subject recruitment.