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