the right balance between your dissertation and the rest of your life is something
that you must determine for yourself. Some people may prefer to do nothing else,
to put their lives on hold, and to get the dissertation done as quickly as possible.
Others with families and careers may prefer to slow down the dissertation process
and maintain much more balance in their lives.
I put the dissertation first?
you are of the "just get it done" mindset, it is important to remember the advice
I received from a friend:
"If you want to race the car fast, you need to put it in the shop now and then."
Because the dissertation
is such a longterm endeavor, it is important to realize that you are likely to
"hit the wall" at some time during this process. So it is considered prudent to
have other relationships and activities to sustain you over the long haul.
Law of Diminishing Returns
those of you who want a dissertation and a life too, it is important to realize
that the longer you take, the greater the likelihood of not completing your dissertation.
Often life events do interfere. And for most people, at a certain point, a dissertation
becomes very long and exhausting, and you may eventually run out of the resources
you need to complete your dissertation.
path you choose, it is important that you determine and periodically review your
priorities and your commitments to areas of your life besides your dissertation.
Inevitably, however, in the final push to complete your dissertation, you will
have to put the dissertation first and neglect some of those other areas of your
life. You should realize that if you have nurtured them sufficiently, they will
still be there to sustain you through the final days. Then you can breathe and
catch up on your life!