A master’s thesis is an intense 18 weeks of total focus and devotion to a research question. So far, I’ve only been able to invest about one weeks worth of studies during a four week period. My personal life is taking its toll on my work at the moment. I don’t feel like it’s that frustrating, but I’d really like to get more stuff done.
In order to increase my productivity I’ve come up with a plan.
- Devote more time to planning in the morning
- Use a pomodoro (from Italian: means tomato) timer when working to minimize distractions
To keep track of my pomodoros, I use a simple app called Productivity Challenge Timer.
These two simple things should allow me to plan the process more smoothly.
Step one in the process of the thesis is to write a specification document. The document should provide detailed information of the following things:
- The goals of the thesis, what I hope to achieve
- Why it is important
- To whom is it important
- My own background and why I’m eligible to write it
- The research question this thesis will try to explore and answer
- A detailed timeplan for when everything should be done
Just like this blog, I’ll largely write my thesis in emacs with org-mode. I’ve started to organize some of the references I’ve found in Mendeley Desktop and in an org-mode file. I also found a nice latex-package for doing gantt-charts called pgfgantt.