chapter  3
WHEN SHOULD I START AND HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
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You should start now: it will take longer than you think. One of the most common reasons for students writing disappointing dissertations is that they underestimate how long things will take, and end up in a last-minute panic having to rush, or even miss out, important parts of the job. There are lots of separate tasks involved in producing your dissertation, all the way from deciding what kind of topic you will do to checking the finished article one last time and handing it in. If you want to do as well as you possibly can, then it is essential that you know exactly what needs to be done, that you know how much time needs to be allocated to each task, that you know when you will be in a position to work on each task, and that you plan your schedule of work accordingly. The aim of this chapter is to help you to organize your time as well as possible, and to avoid unnecessary panic and consequent disappointment.