Perfectionism is a feeling of anxiety about the quality of your work and a sense that only perfection is acceptable. Those students who fall into this habit often do so because they have unrealistic expectations of themselves or of what a doctoral thesis should be.
A degree of concern about the quality of your work is both natural and desirable and it is important to do everything you can to ensure that your thesis is of a sufficiently high standard. However, your examiners will not expect it to be perfect. Every thesis has strengths and weaknesses, things that work well and things that work less well.
Moreover, those students who do fall into this habit are rarely improving their work. They generally focus so closely on things that are relatively minor that they lose sight of the bigger picture - meaning that changes are made to no good effect while the time lost means that quality has to be sacrificed elsewhere later.
|The Thesis Journey - Managing Your Writing and Yourself|
Managing Problems >