Just do it. In the end, it comes down to this. An effective strategy for accomplishing an important goal, such as writing a thesis or dissertation, is to establish routines. And write! For Jennifer Overkamp, that meant scheduling writing time when and where she was most productive. She treated her dissertation like a part-time “job” and designated hours each week to work on it. Creating a timeline – or a backwards calendar – for completing your dissertation is another effective strategy. Include the major benchmarks (data collection, analyses, chapters, dissertation defense) and set realistic goals.