A famous economist named David Romer once outlined a detailed plan of how PhD students could graduate in 5 years or less. The plan goes something like this (from Brad DeLong’s website http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/teaching_folder/Romers_rules.html)
•Don’t clutter up your life with other activities; just write
•Don’t carry out a thorough and comprehensive search of the literature; just write
•Don’t attempt to make sure that every page you write shows the full extent of your professional skills; just write
•Don’t write a well-organized, well integrated, unified dissertation; just write
•Don’t think profound thoughts that shake the intellectual foundations of the discipline; just write
•If you don’t ...