Or maybe you’ll spend that fifteen minutes taking notes on a book.The important thing is to accomplish a bit of active production (i.e., putting words on paper) for your thesis every day.
Even if the thesis is the only thing on your plate, you still need to make a systematic schedule for yourself.
Most departments require that you take a class that guides you through the honors project, so deadlines likely will be set for you.
Do start strategizing about how to make a time for your thesis.
You may need to take a lighter course load or eliminate extracurricular activities.
Some goal-setting will be done for you if you are taking a required class that guides you through the honors project.
But any substantive research project requires a clear timetable. Find out the final deadline for turning in your project to your department.
Working backwards from that deadline, figure out how much time you can allow for the various stages of production. Use it, however, with two caveats in mind: Avoid falling into the trap of procrastination. For some tips on how to do this, see our handout on procrastination.
It’s a good idea to try to squeeze in a bit of thesis work every day—even if it’s just fifteen minutes of journaling or brainstorming about your topic.
Such mentors can enrich your intellectual development and later serve as invaluable references for graduate school and employment.
Open windows into future professions An honors thesis will give you a taste of what it’s like to do research in your field.