SOLC 6 of 31: 7 Sentences

I’m 9 months into a 3 year Ed.D program. It’s a model that is meant for folks who are working full time and in school full-time. The work is extensive, challenging and thought provoking.

We are asked to write numerous papers to reflect our thinking – anywhere from 2-5 pages, to 24 pages or more. We are building up to working on our own dissertations which will begin during the next two years.

One professor recently gave us great advice – advice that I hope I can hold onto and use as I approach my papers and my dissertation: write 7 seven sentences a day.  He said, that he found that when he waited until the weekend to write his dissertation, it was too big, too much too daunting.  It was hard for him to get his head back into the research. But, when he changed his process to writing 7 sentences (or more) a day – that felt doable. And his head was always in his research.  This can work.

I do find that for most of my writing (for this fun project) or for my school work, that I’m often rolling ideas around in my head all of the time anyway – so getting them down little by little is a helpful idea.

7 sentences will work for me for my writing.

And maybe, this idea can transfer to other parts of my life: 7 minutes of exercise daily, 7 things to write down about gratitude, 7 random acts of kindness, 7 healthy things to eat, 7 mintues of “me” time/quiet time.


  1. Sally Donnelly said,

    March 6, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Thanks for the advise. Small bits, like a daily small moment slice of life, do seem doable in anything. So often the mindset is the big gesture. But there is power in the small and repetitive.

  2. cmargocs said,

    March 6, 2018 at 11:29 am

    I like this idea of “baby-stepping” your way through a major project with discrete goals! Thanks for the tip, and good luck on your dissertation!

  3. March 6, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Seven sentences a day will certainly get you there!

  4. March 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Yes, definitely, one step forward at a time, makes all the difference, it’s similar to telling students not to leave all their study for a test until the night before!
    Seven sentences has a great ring to it!

  5. aggiekesler said,

    March 6, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Great advice! Take a small step, and the rest will follow!

  6. March 6, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    I love this advice too and the way that it could apply to other areas where I’m struggling to make progress.

  7. KScheirer said,

    March 7, 2018 at 1:35 am

    Having a plan. Seems like useful advice. Thanks for sharing!

  8. caroline524 said,

    March 7, 2018 at 3:51 am

    What great advice. I love how you were able to use the idea of 7 and relate it to other areas of your life. Good Luck.

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