The dissertation is a large project, so it needs careful planning. To organise your time, you can try the following:
Break down the dissertation into smaller stages to complete (e.g., literature search, read materials, data collection, write literature review section…).
Create a schedule. Working backwards from your deadline, decide when you will complete each stage.
Set aside time to regularly work on the dissertation.
Consider what times of day you are most alert and what makes a suitable space to study.
Identify a specific task to work on.
If overwhelmed, try to identify one task that needs doing rather than focusing on the larger project.
Leave time to redraft, proof-read, format, and complete the reference list.
As the dissertation project involves certain processes to take place simultaneously, rather than in a sequence, you can use a Gantt chart to organise your time.
A Gantt chart is a bar chart which shows the schedule for a project. The project is broken down into key tasks/elements to be completed. A start and finish date for each task/element of the project is given. Some tasks are scheduled at the same time or may overlap. Others will start when a task has been completed.
To produce a Gantt chart, you can use Word, Excel (see example in the attachment) or an online planner.