Tuesday, August 11, 2015

3 Tips to Write a Lot!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I would like to share 3 tips to write a lot that I've summarized from the How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing, written by Paul J. Silvia, PhD. There are a lot of useful information and guideline in his book, but I found these tips can be applied in my writing journey.

My daugther, Husna was learning to write a lot, before learning A B C! 
Husna at 4 months young. She's 21 months now :) 

This book was an assigned reading for my Instructional Systems Research Seminar that I took in Spring 2014.

Alhamdulillah, I'm officially a PhD candidate in spring 2015 and become an ABD (all but dissertation) student! which also means that I need to gear up my writing!

So, here's the tips:

Tip #1: Make a schedule and stick to it! 

Ralph Keyes (2003), a professional writer, noted that "the simple fact of sitting down to write day after day is what makes writers productive" (p. 49). The author, Paul shared that he allocated 2 hours in the morning strictly for writing only. He ensures that he spent time writing directly after waking up with coffee in hand. No checking emails or morning news.

*Please note that allocated time for writing doesn't mean that you will only "write/type", reading articles, revising your writing, analyzing data can also be the activities that you can achieve during your allocated writing time.  

My plan: Allocated at least 2 hours after subuh prayer for my writing time. No emails/facebook/blogs during this precious time. Also remember to write outside of this allocated writing time.

Tip #2: Set your concrete daily goals. 

It's good that you have writing goals such as complete my literature review or defend my prospectus in three months. But, it's better to be more specific and concrete. Write daily goals that are manageable and you'll be happy once you achieve it. For examples:

  • Write at least 200 words.
  • Print the first draft I finished yesterday, read it, and revise it. 
  • Add missing reference

My plan: I plan to write my daily concrete goals based on the headings that I've brainstormed for my prospectus. For example:

  • Develop a table of problem based learning definitions
  • Use the table to summarize what and how students learn in a problem based learning lesson 

Tip #3: Monitor your writing progress. 

Paul stated that by monitoring our writing progress, we will keep our goals salient and help us to stay focus, sit down and write as well as help us to set better goals. He uses a SPSS file with variables called month, date, day, words (number of words he wrote), goal, and project (different writing work such as grants, journal articles).

My plan: Currently, I do have a notebook where I jot down what I did for the day. Maybe I'll try using an excel file to systematically monitor my progress.

Best of luck!

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Tiny Milestones, More Momentum

Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Why setting tiny milestones will help you feel satisfied and accomplished? 
  1. Small measures of progress help to maintain momentum over the long-run, which means you’re more likely to finish large tasks.
  1. The faster you complete a productive task, the more quickly your day develops an attitude of productivity and effectiveness.
This will help you to maintain day-to-day productivity :)
Source: here


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

...wait for me to come HOME

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

It's been more than a year since my last post!!!!!

I wish to write more :)

...despite what's happening in Malaysia right now, I can't wait to come HOME...

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