Ladies and gents, boys and girls, how are you doing? I hope this blog post finds you well. For those that don’t know, I am still inching away at this dissertation in the hopes of being Dr. Anwar Salandy. The good news is that I am getting much closer to finishing as I am currently wrapping up Chapter 5 (the final chapter…wooohoooo!)
Nevertheless, the journey toward obtaining my PhD has been neither straightforward nor linear. Indeed, on more than one occasion, I had to go back to drawing board and re-do several chapters in light of my school’s continuously changing dissertation standards. This, coupled with life, and its day to day obligations can sometimes get in the way of putting the finishing touches on a massive manuscript otherwise known as a dissertation. But dear reader, I have some key advice for you that may help you if you are on a similar journey. This advice has helped me tremendously on my PhD journey even though I am a thoroughgoing scatterbrain.
The key word here, ladies and gentlemen, is organization. If you are not organized, you will inevitably get lost in the huge assortment of journal articles that you have accumulated during the research phase of your dissertation. Indeed, during my journey, I have accumulated over a hundred sources. Can you imagine sifting through that much content without a sense of organization? Trust me, you don’t want to as this process will force you to scrape and scramble to find crucial information that could have easily been at your fingertips, with the help of a nifty organization app or website.
Through my dissertation journey, I have found some helpful organization websites or apps that have been extremely helpful. One of those sites or apps is Evernote.
Evernote allows you to save notebooks with various types of content (audio recordings, scanned pictures, handwritten notes, etc.). This website/ app allows you to easily search within those notebooks to access information that you need instantly. With this website/app, you can also instantly save articles you find online through your smartphone, tablet, or desktop, that are helpful.
I hope this information helps. For more information on Evernote, click here.