I’m two years in to my PhD program, and I need to finish writing this dissertation soon, or it’s going to be the death of me!
Don’t get me wrong. I love Wheaton’s program. My supervisor and second reader are fantastic. And I think that this Barth, Bonhoeffer, and the Bible project is worthwhile.
But I’ve got a wife, a kid, a commitment to the Church, and I need to move on with my life.
SO, in order to give myself a daily kick in the pants, I’ve used Stickk.com to commit to writing 500 words OR editing 5 pages (1,250 words), related to my dissertation, 5 days a week.
I got the 5-5-5 idea from Rebecca Schuman’s tweet:
Academics, or anyone who has a long writing project, here is some gratis coaching. The ideal default pace is 5-5-5: 500 words OR 5 pages of editing, 5 days a week. Telling yourself that's not enough is essentially giving yourself permission to do nothing. 5-5-5 will get it done.
If I don’t achieve this goal each week, $250.00 will go to an “anti-charity” of my choice. In this case, I’ve picked the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation.
I’d rather my money not go to this organization, so I plan to succeed in my commitment.
You can track my progress here.