BEFORE WE BEGIN: YOUR THESIS
RULE 1: SCIENTISTS RULE, LAWYERS DROOL
RULE 2: SUMMARY < EXPLANATION < ILLUSTRATION
RULE 3: PUNCH HARD AND FAST
RULE 4: TIDY UP WORD CLUTTER
RULE 5: STOP WRITING
- Get a snack – If you are at home or the library, then snacks are readily available within the building. Take a few minutes to physically travel to where the snacks are. Pick a snack and bring it back to your workstation. This is also a good opportunity to use the restroom and fill up your water bottle.
- Eat a meal – Go to the Cafeteria, Cosi, Salt & Sesame, or Urban Kitchen, and eat a meal there. Do not take it back to the library, and do not work on or think about your paper while you eat.
- Exercise – Go to the gym and work out, or go for a run around campus. Exercise refreshes your mind and will jumpstart your creativity. If you must study/write all day, work for a few hours in the morning, exercise in the middle of the day, then resume work in the afternoon. You should eat a meal after exercising as well.
- Go to sleep for the night – If you are non-functioning, it is time to stop working. Working for six unproductive hours tonight instead of three productive hours in the morning is a waste of your time, and will make the work you do tomorrow worse. Go home, eat dinner (if you haven’t), watch TV, turn your brain off, and go to sleep.