All of this accelerated activity had taken a toll on me, with me just going home for dinner.
You can finish in minimum time if you have already written papers and yearly reports during the course of your Ph D.
It will take more time if you are writing everything from scratch.
I started avoiding seeing my fellow grad school mates as I feared I would be asked about my thesis progress, and instead used to go to the library.
I didn't have much to show to my supervisor as well, who was pretty confident I would well be on my way to finishing writing.
Remember, procrastination was still there so I was still struggling to write at a good pace.
However, as more and more pages were being written, I was regaining my confidence a bit (internally I was still in a rollercoaster of varied emotions of guilt and anger).The last week before submitting was crazy, as I worked like a zombie, sleeping in the grad school office, keeping myself awake by regular doses of caffeine (coffee) and taurine (red bull).A lot of help came in the form of my post doc colleague, who used to cheer me up and also helped in some of the formatting stuff. And most of the credit for my timely submission goes to my supervisor who chalked out a fool-proof plan, encouraged me to write daily and gave immediate feedbacks on my writings.I have to say, I had everyone in the staff on their toes with the head of the school and the deputy head quite worried as well.I am sure all sighed a breath of relief when I submitted! Those 3 months were the most difficult period of my Ph D.As soon as all of it were ready, the next task was formatting with all the alignments, spacing, headlines, fonts, maintaining uniformity in abbreviations, captions for tables and figures, checking chemdraw structures for errors and citing references (a big phew especially for that).Mendeley made it easy for me when it came to references, as I had put all of my references in it beforehand.I finished mine in 3 months (out of which I procrastinated for 1.5 months writing the Introduction chapter, so frankly leaving me just 1.5 months to finish). Introduction (including literature survey) 2 and 3 - Results and Discussion 4 - Experimental Before I started writing, most of my Chapter 2 3 were already written as I had a detailed report on the results which I had to submit as part of my MPhil to Ph D transfer viva and yearly reports.Also, I didn't have to worry much about my Chapter 4 as I had compiled the experimental data (spectral details mainly) already while submitting the papers.Plus, she suggested me to work in our building with other people around. I found a spot in my building, where I started writing, and eventually did all of my writing there.We dedicated a week each for chapter 2 and chapter 3, and decided to finish as much as I can in that time.