Use the Timeline Template to create your own thesis timeline
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1. Define the start- and end point of your thesis
Your thesis is probably the first major achievement of your degree that has to be completed largely on your own. To bring order to the chaos, you should define the milestones and activities in advance in a timeline so that you can keep track of them.
Download the Timeline Template from the Downloads and External Resources section. In the file we have listed all the general milestones and activities that are important when writing a thesis. You should customize and adjust it to your own thesis settings.
Since the application and submission dates of your thesis should usually already be fixed, it makes sense to plan the writing process retrospectively. This means that you can schedule the necessary activities (e.g. printing, proofreading, writing, etc.) backwards from the submission date.
To do so, determine the start- and end point of your thesis. Usually, there are two ways to determine them:
There are dates (i.e., starting- and ending points) which are predefined by the university which are similar for every student.
The university just provides a time horizon in which you can write your thesis. So, you can decide for yourself when to start your thesis. The ending point is constrained by the university or your personal goals.
What external, hard-to-control factors influence your timeline? Where do you need to add buffer time?
How much time do administrative processes take? Application and submission? Proofread? Printing?
How much time can you devote to your thesis? In which working environment are you most productive?
Which people can give you useful feedback? When and how often should you meet your supervisor?