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Working Woman’s Wednesday: Dissertation Declutter

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/14/2015 at 19:00

Happy National Dessert Day!

Carrot Cake topped w/Cream Cheese & Pecans

C is for … Carrot Cake * Cream Cheese * Chopped Pecans

My peers who’ve preceded me in finishing their doctor of philosophy degrees can agree:

Cleaner and clearer are better.

That means: clean desks and clear minds

Plus clean PowerPoints to clear our minds!

Two of my esteemed classmates who graduated a few years ago and whose guidance I sought for my paper and slideshow both explicitly pointed out that I most certainly must cut back

Down to 120-140 slides, no more than 150!

As the ☼summer☼ drew to a close ~ during my most recent hurdle (that lasted four months as we entered fall term), my statistics ~ I already reached 300+ slides and reached 300+ pages of my dissertation

Yet that’s way too many to fit into a two-hour presentation (including professors‘ Q&A) ~ so I’ve reduced down to almost ½ so far!

Declutter Dissertation

This slide: an indicator that I measured a TON of stats! I ended up taking out 50+ slides last night … Shooting to eliminate more. Next issue: making sure that the fewer slides that I look less cluttered!

Just as I’ve had to minimize my clutter-bug and shutter-bug ways, I’m also de-clutteringcleaning and clearing up my PowerPoint

That way, I can advance into the next round!

Working Woman Wednesday: PhD Pro 

In Community, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/19/2015 at 05:00

As I aim to reach my terminal degree🎓 🏁finish line, what more will be in store?

I’ve even already set out what I’m wearing👗 that day! 📊

When I was recommending 👔suitable “Dress to Impress for Success” wear 👊🏽 to my students for their mock 💼interviews, I actually received this timely article (that included a Clueless 👛cameo) written that same week that also somehow inspired my ☼summer☼ theme! ⚓️

 

The professional who wrote it📓 just released her book📖 15 days ago!

 

 

💺The Professor Is In📰

 

  

I’m toting this on my trip to start preparing my career prior to completing my PhD!

Study Saturday: Every Moment Counts

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/28/2015 at 09:00

With all of the abundant activities that have called for my attention lately, I’ve been mustering up every extra waking moment away to work on my dissertation ~ which is why I’ve actually appreciated these recent snow days.

  • Some of my colleagues have considered their own hours per day of dedication on their doctoral research as shift work
  • Others have only been able to devote even just a few minutes per day to their study

Lately, I’ve fallen under the latter category, rather than the former. Once upon a time, I was able to spend a whole work day’s worth, but with countless demands, I’m fortunate to invest up to an hour or so; for instance, with the additional studies that my department requires for us to review for our doctoral degrees, I’ve included at least one more per day. Regardless of how much time I’ve been able to write and research, the process is paying off as I keep making progress

Because not a day passes without my discipline and determination to stay focused and deter distractions.

Neighbor cat

Unless you count my catastrophic pleasant distractions, including my neighbor, who’s welcome to chillax ’til her ♥heart’s♥ content snow or ☼shine☼

#DOnotDisturb mode

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After our early week Snow Day and before our Snow Weekend

And with †GOD’s† ☼grace☼

Study Saturday: Strong Work Ethic

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/17/2015 at 08:00

Lately, I’ve been in conference calls with doctoral graduates for tips on getting on the grind and finishing our respective terminal degrees. Here are some of the paraphrased pieces of profound advice that they imparted to this candidate, yours truly, as I push through my dissertation:

Dr. Alex

  • You’ll graduate in †GOD†‘s time.
  • If †GOD† led you this far, He won’t leave you at this point.

Dr. Díaz*

  • It takes ♥love♥ and commitment because it is a labor of ♥love♥.
  • Treat your dissertation as your job by putting in your hours and ♥love♥ what you do.

*Also, my aforementioned colleague — with whom I used to teach in South Texas who always has been a brilliant mastermind and now has his book on the way (about the border, around the corner) — who is a fellow, active Catholic, who pointed out that we all have our †cross† to bear, established this group for St. Joseph the Worker

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… to whom he would pray everyday before writing his dissertation.

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Dr. Toya

  • Treat your dissertation as your final project: the last assignment that you need to graduate.

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  • Write an affirmation

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… and place it on your bathroom mirror…

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… or refrigerator.

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I also posted it on my desk!

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I’m lovin’ it!

Nameplate

Constant reminders may be just the key to my Ph.D. to become Dr. D (as I pop these choco Coffeebeats that may not be the best bet for my teeth)!

Wrapping Up the 2013 Scene

In ♥ & Soul, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 12/26/2013 at 21:34

Merry CHRISTmas and Happy Hanukkah that kicked off yesterday!

MFFL

Merry TEX-mas, Peace & Joy to Y’all & my Dallas Mavericks

My gifts to y’all who I call Team: Dr. D (for my Ph.D.) are links to my last Pretty Fit posts and Rants of the year!

Elaine the MFFL’s Final 3 of 2013

Pretty Fit Elaine’s Thursday Tips 

Now I could make valuable use of this time to work more on my dissertation! Meanwhile, here are my Season’s Greetings for 2013, so enjoy!

Dispo Holiday Greetings

Season’s Greetings!

Dispo Annual Newsletter

2013 in Review

3:33 ~ make a wish!!!