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Section 1 Foundations of Doctoral Study / Chapter 2 Time and Tools

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 In addition to the necessity of learners sharing their vision with family, having a plan, and setting aside a quiet place to work, learners should consider how to best employ technology. Regardless of experience and expertise using technology, great success may be achieved if doctoral learners:


• consider replacing computers three or more years old, as computer hard drives are more likely to fail after three years;


• backup personal computers often or consider subscribing to a backup service;


• use a second monitor to enable them to view and work easily on multiple documents at the same time; and


• consider deactivating the email notification feature on their computers and other devices. Designating a time to check and respond to email will reduce the number of distractions.