An exercise in making a time line
Meeting deadlines by making time lines.
- The first step in dealing with deadlines effectively is to acknowledge
- Often deadlines are like some dark object that you know is coming fast but you refuse to
- List what needs to be done.
- Plan how to deal with each item.
- How much time do you really have?
- Can you put something aside?
- Select what is critical. Finish that first.
Making a time line for completing you graduate degree.
|1) Decide when you want to finish.
- convocation deadline
- term deadlines
- fees deadlines
- next employer's needs.
|2) Add other sub-deadlines to meet
your thesis deadline.
||Working backwards, add the following to your
- last date for thesis submission,
- last day for your oral defense (a minimum of
two weeks before your submission deadline)
- last pre defense advisory meeting (a minimum of
two weeks before your defense)
- complete thesis (a minimum of two weeks before
your last advisory meeting)
- ideal times for submitting the papers for publication
(as soon as each is completed)
- completion of data analysis
- completion of experiments etc.
|3) Add other deadlines and their
||Add things like:
- times of scientific meeting deadlines (when to
start and finish poster)
- course deadlines (study period for exams, study
period for comprehensive exam study period)
- scholarship applications
|4) Prioritize competing items and reorder so as
to time things correctly.
Copyright © 1995
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
University of Western Ontario
London Ontario Canada
Created 28 Sept 1995
10 January 2007