Quality not Quantity

Progress over the last five or six weeks has been superb, even though I’m still learning that there is quite a lot of work involved in writing the Ph.D. I’ve spoken before how I thought the process would be fairly straight forward once I had all the pieces, but actually getting the right layout and structure isn’t as easy as I thought it might be. However, I am learning a lot about myself, in terms of how to get motivated to write the different sections.

I find when I sit down to tackle something difficult, my mind likes to wander to anywhere but the page where I should be writing. By understanding this though, I’ve been able to change my behavior considerably by telling myself “the only reason you are on Reddit is because that bit you must write is difficult, so lets tackle it” and of course before long I’m in the flow of writing it up.

What I love about my Ph.D. at the moment is I am following that original design I had in my head from many years ago, and that means not writing it in the traditional way. I’m on the section of my Design, Build, and Evaluate design science phases, and I think I’ve adopted an interesting process. I first just wrote everything out, for every phase, in pigeon English, with tables everywhere, as can be seen in the image below (yes that is 77 tables). This resulted in a word document of 236 pages, and it was no longer able to correct spelling due to the size.

Table 77

Now I’m working on polishing each of these phases. This has resulted in me taking Phase 1 and trying to get the layout and structure as clean and readable as possible (This has obviously involved the removal of many tables). I have also taken Phase 2 and done the same, where 30 or so pages quickly gets reduced to 15 or so. Feedback from my supervisors on this has been positive, and they now want me to revisit specific sections, such as the rules of my framework, to get them as clean as possible. This work is represented in the image below:

Rules

Once I get these two sections perfected, it will be a case of applying the same layout and structure to the other four phases, so that work should be done quite quickly. Finally, in my previous post I showed the statistics of this document with my design science phases, and here are the updated ones:

Word Count

As ever, even though I haven’t updated it for awhile, here are the statistics for my overall Ph.D. document. For my next post, I will try update this document with all the work I’ve done in other documents:

PhD Word Count

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