1. Open a blank document. Spend a few minutes staring at it in awe, trying to remember the last time you had a blank document in front of you. Try not to be intimidated.
2. Type the word “Conclusion” at the top. Put it in bold. Change the font. Change the font size. Accidentally indent it. Ctrl z.
3. Stare at the (mostly) blank page for a few minutes. Reminisce on five years of work. Try to remember something other than all of the mistakes you have made.
4. Type a few jumbled sentences about emergent themes and “important” conclusions.
5. Realize that the words you just typed could be applied to anything from a thesis on whether people like vanilla ice cream more than chocolate to a thesis on chemical engineering.
7. Google time: “how to write the conclusion chapter of a dissertation”
8. Click on the first link, read the first two pages. Stop reading.
9. Write a few more sentences about your philosophy of science. Promptly delete them. Switch the order of the other two rambling paragraphs you wrote.
10. Back to google. Panic at the number of obviously extremely useful resources for guiding the writing of your conclusion chapter.
11. Write a blog post about how to write your conclusion chapter instead of actually writing your conclusion chapter.
13. Go for a run.
14. Edit the conclusion chapter.
15. Go for a bike ride.
16. Edit the conclusion chapter again.
17. Post your tips online for other people to follow.