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Any advice on how to push through the last step of the dissertation? I work full time and only have that left for my PHD, but it has been very challenging to make real progress.

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What do u mean by"last step ", are u referring to your oral defense?

This is obviously a late reply here but I recently finished my journey in the same situation. Started work ABD and took a couple years to complete. My advice is to use vacation days in blocks of time to work on it uninterrupted (say 4 day weekends). At the late stages of finishing the writing you can’t do it in 60 minute chunks at night. You need 8 hours a day for it.

One thing that helped me towards the end of my dissertation was to write everything in bullets - worry less about the fluff and just put something on the paper. Then once you’re done with a chapter/section, go back and turn those bullets into a story.

I hired a coach. Weekly 30 minute check-ins forced focus.

Seems like a delayed reply... but I got through it as the final submission date was nearing. Honestly it was pressure and adrenaline that pushed me through it. Probably setting up sometime with your PI for review of sections can be helpful. It will make you write something for her/ him to review

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