Realistically setting goals for academic writing tasks: Opinion


In an advice column for Chronicle of Higher Ed, Rebecca Schuman addresses how to realistically set goals for an academic writing task. Schuman writes that unrealistic goals are often created when a writer does not want to face the actual number of hours that it will take to finish the work. The author shares a formula that academics can tailor to their own writing situations to determine a reasonable estimate for how long a project will take to finish, and advises multiplying this number by a factor of 1.75 to “account for magical thinking.” Schuman writes that using this formula will result in a timeline that is based on an academic’s actual work habits and available time, rather than one that is based on wishful thinking.

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