I have used an appointment book from Plannerpads.com for the last eight years. What’s great about the planner pads—or some other kind of organizing system—is that it enables you to list every chapter for your dissertation, what parts have been completed, and what parts need to be completed. Within each part, you can even track which chapter subtopics have been written and which need to be completed.

To complete your dissertation in a timely manner, you must stay organized. It is important to start writing, get a partner, and get a coach to help maintain your progress.