I have made it through week 1 and am at the start of week 2. Overall, the first week was good. I had a plan and I worked that plan to the best of my ability. Of course, there were many times I wanted to do something else. One day when I was on my break, I got lost in that moment. After finishing my walk on the treadmill and eating, I began to watch a television show. I completely forgot about articles to review, writing to be done, basically anything to do with dissertation. While laughing at myself, I quickly got back on schedule.
One of the major assignments I submitted last week was the problem statement. You might be thinking, “What is a problem statement”? Here is my definition of it. The problem statement of a dissertation informs readers about the social and research problem. The social problem tells of a specific concern that has an impact on a specific population. The research problem discusses the limitations (often referred to as gaps) connected with the literature on the topic. The problem is the driving force of the dissertation. So, I have submitted the “power” behind my dissertation and am waiting for feedback from my chair. I expect little to no revisions requested so that I can move forward with developing the next sections of the prospectus. The prospectus has to be approved by my committee and the program director. This approval says that I can begin my study.
The waiting period to receiving the feedback about my problem statement has me a little anxious. Although, I am not sitting idle in anticipation, I am ready to hear from my chair. Are you in a waiting period for a response from someone? I can identify with the thoughts and emotions that are put into waiting for the response. My encouragement to you is not to get caught up in waiting for the response that you lose productivity. For me, I have been reviewing articles, defining terms, and working on other sections of the prospectus as much as I can. I encourage you to make sure you are being productive in other things while you wait. Even though what you might be waiting on dictates the next steps, be productive elsewhere. You could plan your week, organize some things, create to-do lists, exercise, meditate, or catch up with some family and friends. There are many things you could do while waiting – take time to develop a list of 5 to 10 things you could do during your waiting period and implement them.
Oh by the way…my emotions are in a better place concerning the journey to getting my PhD. I assessed the reasons why I am doing this and had a little talk with myself. I want to get everything I need out of this journey. As I am excited to share my dissertation journey with you, I ask that you share this blog with someone else. We all are going through some type of journey and this might be the encouragement you or that person need to go a litter further. Let’s encounter this life changing experience together!
Growth Tip: “Be productive while you are in a waiting period; you will thank yourself later” ~ Aundrea T. Harris
Scripture Meditation: Isaiah 40:31 KJV – But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.
Make It A Great Day ~ Aundrea