We are solidly in the homestretch here, folks. As you’re making your goals for the week, take stock of where you’re at. If your goal for the summer is within striking distance, what do you need to do to make that final push? If you kind of went off the rails–and we all do–how can you still finish strong?
On the subject of writing and dissertations, some of you have probably been at least osmotically following the debate about dissertation embargoes touched off by the AHA’s new recommendations. At US Intellectual History Blog, Rachel Shelden has a piece about the common wisdom of writing the dissertation as a book–something Holger commented on in some frustration earlier in the summer. Those of us who share a certain adviserial persuasion have heard this advice many times before–but what does that even mean? For those who have cleared that hurdle (and are buying houses, super natch), how book-like was your dissertation? Anything you would have done differently to hew closer to that old saw?
As always, leave your goals in the comments, FOR THE SECOND TO LAST TIME.
Melanie: Average a page or two a day, and start outlining latter part of chapter, to avoid Washington schlep-fest.
Matt: Finish good draft of article for end of the month.
Dan: Six pomodoros of work a day, on top of archives trip. UPDATE: As of Thursday, adding a Grafton Line of 1000 words a day.
Brenna: Two days of archival research, finish first draft of ch. 3, apply for job.