You have decided to turn your dissertation in a book or an article. So you put the project on your To Do list. That’s a mistake. If you put your writing project on your To Do list you have decided that this is something you would like to do some day. What usually happens is that something else more important always comes up every day and the further down on your To Do list your writing project slips.
Once you decide to start any writing project put it on your schedule, not on a To Do list.
Take your daily planner out now. Look at it. Find a time in your day-to-day activities where you can actually work on your writing project.
Start today. What time are you planning to devote to writing your book or article? Even if you just have 15 minutes today, put it on your schedule. During those 15 minutes take the time to think about your project and what you hope to accomplish during your writing time.
Look at tomorrow’s calendar. Repeat the process. Continue until you have scheduled your writing project for a week. But don’t stop there.
Schedule your writing project for the month. This is not just an exercise. During the time you have scheduled you are going to focus only on writing your book or article. It might be hard the first few days but soon you will get into the groove of writing and will look forward to focusing on your project.
Keep going. Schedule writing on your calendar for the 2nd month. Then the third month.
Now look at your daily planner. What you will notice is that you have scheduled working on your writing project for 3 months.
If you follow this schedule, at the end of 3 months you will be well on your way to having finished your book. At the very least you should have completed the first draft. If you decided to write an article you will have completed the article, polished it, put together a possible list of journals for submission, and sent your article to colleagues for review.
You will complete more books and articles if you incorporate writing into your daily schedule.
Try it. At the end of 3 months you will be proud of what you have accomplished.