Setting Goals and Staying on Track

A good schedule can help you plan your project, but even the best laid plans can still go astray. The trick is to think ahead and try to anticipate as much as possible.   

Proper Planning

Part of your plan should include a list of risks, together with some ways to mitigate the risk. You may be planning to borrow equipment that you don’t own, or to gain access to archives in a foreign country. If the equipment is unavailable, or your flight is delayed and you arrive during the month when the librarians close the archives, your project may be in jeopardy.

  • Try to identify critical resources in advance - and plan ways to ensure your access
    • for example, try locating a second source for the equipment
    • find the hours of the archives ahead of time and plan around their schedule

Your schedule should have a sequence of measurable milestones.

While the project is underway, monitor your progress against your schedule. If you are having trouble hitting the milestones you have identified, be sure to consult with your Research Advisor and Thesis Director.

  • It may be possible to modify your approach
  • Small course corrections made early on can avoid large changes made late

You might end up needing additional time to finish.

  • While minor extensions can sometimes be given, if you fall far behind your schedule, your project could be put in jeopardy