I now have a group of friends to support me and cheer me on. I also have POM parties and tools to help me be successful.
Omg yes! I'm finally at a place where I feel like I CAN and WILL finish. I also see that I can set realistic goals and meet them, I just need to be consistent, set SMART goals, and do some thought work!
100% This program has saved me, and not just in the dissertation world. I learned things that are applicable to many aspects of my life.
Christie Hill-Troglin Cox
Yes. I’m definitely more organized, understand the importance of writing goals, changing them as necessary, and creating accountability partners.
Yes, especially the intentional model, breaking goals into weekly and daily tasks, and setting up daily routines.
Yes. I realize that I do have the time. I realize that I have habits that promote productivity. I realize that I can combat negative thinking.
I have love this community of encouragement and support. This was the what I had when taking classes that I lacked in my dissertation isolation. Amy, your willingness to be vulnerable and share you personal experiences while teaching us ways to impact productivity is all areas of our life have helped me realize I am truly not alone. The support I have felt from women I never would have had a chance to meet elsewhere has been inspiring. We are strong women and we have been reminded that each step on this path we have friends cheering us on.
Yes. I am getting up every morning (surprisingly consistently -- 2 am!) and working on my dissertation until I have to take my children to the bus stop at 6:30 am. Even if the rest of my day does not allow work on my dissertation, I am still making progress. I work and a take breaks when the Google Pomodoro timer goes off. I used to stay up until 2 am because of insomnia. But I could not concentrate on my dissertation so I usually watched Netflix, hoping to get sleepy. I've replaced the whole Netflix situation by going to sleep at 8 or 9 and waking up at 2 am. And it's really quiet and free because everyone's asleep. No one needs me for anything!
In many ways! Becoming a morning person, getting specific and accountable with goals, POM sessions and mini-word count goals really add up, and finding an accountability partner in a similar field is just the best... it's great to have someone to talk to about all of the details and roller coaster processes of being in the dissertation process that just bores other people.
Massively. Being part of a community of people who are honest about their struggles, which are my struggles. Finding lifelong friends who are researching in related fields, so we can support each other. Learning to understand my thought processes so that I can get beyond my stuckness. Moving into constructive habits.
Absolutely, it has been such a gift. I have had a major shift in mindset. I moved from almost no progress/no engagement to building a daily habit of engaging with my dissertation. I am beginning to implement tools to help me shift my thinking when I start spiraling into negativity. I've spent enough time in my research in the past 30 days to have a sense of where I'm going with my paper, and the finish line is finally in sight.
Yes! I have done more during the 30 day challenge than I have in the past year. I have also been able to apply the unitentional/intentional model to other aspects of my life.
YES!!!! Hearing other people's struggles helped me to realize that my situation is not unique. It gave me greater self confidence, knowing that many other women are facing similar struggles and worries, and, yet, we all found ways to make progress together. The program forced me to stop avoiding the work I had to do and sit down and organize my ideas so that I could confidently take small steps toward beginning to write my dissertation. It also gave me the accountability I needed to put pressure on myself to face my own struggles and realize I had the power to change my perspective on the situation. I began to feel like I wasn't alone anymore because of everyone else encouraging each other by sharing stories of small victories and overcoming setbacks.
I picked up some valuable tools and new ways of thinking that are all positive and helping me through the dissertation process.
Absolutely! I feel so much more at ease and confident. I am excited to move forward and feel like with the deep thinking and synthesizing that I was able to do during the past month, I will actually have a solid draft of a proposal to present as soon as I go back to school.