Also, give yourself enough time at the end to correct formatting errors.
Something as seemingly simple as building a table of contents in Word can take a surprising amount of time.
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Outline your dissertation and break it into chapters to draft and edit: Once you have a defense date set it’s time to work backwards to determine how much time you have to write and when key paperwork is due.
Outline the major sections of your dissertation (introduction, materials and methods, data chapters, discussion, etc.) so that you know exactly what you are going to write.
Establish your list of final figures and which chapters they will appear in.
Give yourself plenty of time to write drafts of each major chapter/section and enough time to edit them as well.
Taking the time to set a formal outline for your writing progress may seem unnecessary to some, but the time (and sanity) saved in knowing what you need to accomplish can go a long way toward making the dissertation writing process something to enjoy rather than dread.
Writing and planning a research project such as a dissertation paper, especially for a first-timer can be a real pain in the neck to get started with.