And more importantly you should keep doing whatever you have been doing that got you this far. However it is still very much worth reading, especially for anyone working in the humanities.
All those common-sense things like: Keep it simple! While Eco does offer a practical how-to approach in his book, you should keep in mind that every field has some standard reference works on how to do work in that field.
But then they move on to to Scrivner (which really is the best for first drafts). They keep moving around from one programme to the next, looking for the greatest experience in productivity. Would it not have been more effective to have elected one programme and used that? The point is this: you have a very limited amount of time in which to complete your dissertation and you cannot waste any of it.
Be committed to a process and do not give into the many gadgets and temptations.
Consider the following foolishness: there are perhaps dozens of various writing programs available.
A curious young student uses MS Word but then a friend raves about about this great program called Mellel, which is excellent for handling long documents.They don’t exercise, eat terribly, drink heavily, smoke nervously, and so on.Bobby Fischer, one of the greatest chess players of all time, was all about brain.So for your mental faculties to operate at their peak, you should get into and stay in shape.Writing the best dissertation possible can start with simple activities like long walks, or yoga in your pyjamas.Ultimately, however, it is the process that is most like a marathon.That long long long stretch of reading, researching, and writing.Yet he was also keen on exercise: tennis, swimming, running and so on.And he believed, rightly as science goes, that exercise complemented mental activity and ultimately made him a better player.No intelligent marathon runners try out new shoes on race day, for example. Writing a dissertation is like running a marathon in other ways, too. Many students start writing a dissertation with a complete and utter disregard for their mental and physical health.They feel that they are living the life of the mind and the vehicle that carries that brain of theirs around is not so important.