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Graduate Student Thesis & Dissertation and Senior Thesis Camp

Productivity and Time Management

Pomodoro Technique

  • What is is? The tomato or kitchen timer encourages work in 25:00 increments with a 5:00 refresher in between.
  • How to try it:

Forest App

  • A timer that grows a tree when you are productive or kills it when you are not. You use it to define where is OK for you to be spending time on the web when you're working and where it is not.
  • http://www.forestapp.cc/ 
  • Integrate in your browser with a Chrome web plugin: 
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/forest-stay-focused-be-pr/kjacjjdnoddnpbbcjilcajfhhbdhkpgk?hl=en 
    • The settings area has some default sites added but you can add more to customize to your needs
    • Forest does a nice job of putting a popup up when you go to one of those sites saying "Your tree is still growing!" and asks if you want to give up, so you don't inadvertently kill your tree with a habitual news site check.
  • There's a $2 app you can sync with to track your progress in the longer term and actually build forests but if all you want to do is build trees with no record of all your progress, it's great for that. 

Toggl

  • ​A desktop app that has a free time tracking capability
  • Can act as an automated research and dissertation log
  • Available for nearly any operating system

RescueTime

  • ​Works similarly to Forest
  • Turn on RescueTime and learn how your time is used
  • Specify how much non-productive time you can spend on a given site before it shuts off access.

24 Hour Google Planning Calendar

  • 7 day a week, 24 hour planning calendar
  • Make a copy from the link to your own Google Drive
  • Edit to block off time based on your priorities:
    • Sleep time
    • Food prep and mealtime
    • Family time
    • Class time
    • Work time
    • Dissertation time
    • Health and wellness time

Research and Writing Tools

Research Organization

Writing and Project Management

Accountability Groups and Partnerships

  • Form an Accountability Writing Group - This document was created for the graduate student audience at the University of Notre Dame. While it has programming specific to this student population, there are guidelines that can help anyone who seeks to find support for more productive writing in a group of two or more.
  • National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development (NCFDD) - This member organization is available for Notre Dame faculty and graduate students alike. It focuses on early career development of skills needed to succeed as a researcher and writer.