When you are writing your dissertation, it is good to know yourself and the ways you work the best. I think I have been a bit lost lately. I just did not believe in my own product: dissertation triathlon. And now I think it is going to save my dissertation process.
The idea is simple; just have three different kinds of workshops in different places. I personally like one workshop to be article reading, other marking/making c-map/rewriting the information from the article. What ever you do, do not have more than four (4) workshops. Going over 4 makes the space too long between leaving and coming back to the same workshop. The last workshop is usually something practical. I have a list of things I need to do for everyday. On that last workshop I do things from that list. If something comes in to my mind, e.g. “wash something” or “call the mother”, during the first two workshops, I just add that to the list.
One ground rule is that every workshop lasts about 20 minutes. During that time I CAN NOT and WILL NOT do anything else including answering the phone. Between workshops is break (5 minutes). After one circle I will have 15 minutes time to do whaaat eeever I want. And this really works! Until I really get deep in the dissertation process. Then I just forget the time and the other workshops. But as for many writers, starting the proses is also the hardest part for me. So, this will do the trick. Just do not get too hooked on the training. Go outside too, even if it´s raining!
If you need help with counting the time, “Tomato” is a good tool: http://mytomatoes.com/