I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the tools I’m trying out for organizing and managing my thesis. It’s been a while since I tackled a project as extended as this one (the last one that comes to mind is the honors thesis I wrote in my undergrad–which, being a thesis for the sciences was much more clear-cut and straightforward). There are a couple reasons why I’m interested in the tools I’m using for my thesis:
- If I’m doing a thesis about idea generation and execution, then one of the ways to study that is of course see how people go about doing this. But of course, I’d be neglecting a very rich source of information if I didn’t reflect on the ways and methods in which I was going about this process as well. After all, my thesis is pretty much a case study in the process of coming up with and developing ideas!
- I’m aware of the pitfalls of having to organize lots of information from disparate places together, especially in an academic setting, such as not being able to recall a reference, trying to synthesize information from different disciplines, or trying to organize my own notes, which might be scribbles on the margins of a paper or something typed up for myself in an email, so I’d like to avoid some of these issues before I get too deep into gathering data and diving into the literature if possible!
I’ll email myself random thoughts and ideas that I have for my thesis to myself. It allows me to have a “conversation” with myself, and I can keep it marked unread if I want to revisit it later.