Measurable Progress in Reasonable Time


Posted April 19, 2019

When is it time to get serious about our progress? As Jim Rohn, motivational speaker and author of ‘Take Charge of Your Life’ used to say, it’s all about “making measurable progress in reasonable time.” Reasonable time is the amount of time necessary to conveniently do what is required, but what does that mean when it comes to the dissertation process? Is it reasonable to spend an entire semester going back and forth with your chair over feedback? How about spending a semester learning how to use complicated statistical software, just to realize you don’t know how to interpret the output? Our guess is neither one of those scenarios are very reasonable, yet every day we meet graduate students who are stuck struggling with the same chapter or round of feedback for months!

So, how do we break the vicious cycle that is wasted time? Our motto is: results matter most! Practically, this means that if you spend 1 year working on your dissertation but at the end of the 12 months you’re still struggling to get your Introduction chapter approved; you are not being effective. The time being spend is unreasonable and your time is not yielding results that matter. To begin making strides towards measurable progress while improving efficiency; rely on experts to help. Visit your University’s Student Center, pay a visit to your Librarian, explore free dissertation resources, and don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Remember, the goal is to always “make measurable progress in a reasonable time.”

Yours in Dissertation Success,

The Statistics Solutions Team


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