Coming Closer To Deadlines
Days 49-25 professionals call these the confirm and correct days. Confirm your date or argument, confirm your last advisor appointments, confirm your editing dates with the writing company, and confirm that your argument is strong, valid, and credible. Then start to correct editing and proofing errors, correct holes or project mistakes, and correct the desire to run away and not complete this piece. These days are very important in the process. Continue to eat, sleep, and exercise regularly and properly. Days 49-25 often seem to also be the days when the colds, flu, and stomach virus like to rear their ugly heads. Do your part to keep these bugs away from you. Proper confirmation of all details and correction of all errors should occur in this very important time frame of 49-25 days. This is one of the last periods of super hard work and push if you stayed on schedule and if you planned and you worked properly. If you did not do these things, then keep pushing and working.
Days 25-1 you should not work up to the wire if you planned accordingly. Within this time frame you will have re-confirmed your argument date, had your advisor read your piece again, begun to practice your case, and sent the piece out for printing and binding. Your school will have the printing requirements listed, your school should have practice argument sessions, and your advisor should guide you when you can’t find these things. What this time should not consist of is running about proofing, getting sick, or uncompleted dissertations. You should be to the point where these are days of checking and satisfaction at your accomplishment. The very last week before your argument make sure to see your advisor a few times, practice, double check meeting places, dates, and times, and go for a few refreshing long walks. This should never be crunch time. When it becomes a frantic time because you are not finished, then mistakes are made, appointments are missed, you are not practicing arguments, and invariably you get sick or break an arm. Think of this time period as quiet completion and contemplation. Then plan your dissertation party and time for the big celebration!