I have talked to lots of students recently about writing their dissertation. You might think that you have a long time to do it - you do not! One strong piece of advice that I would give to students working on a big piece of work is to have a timetable for your work. It might start something like this:
|Week ending||By this date I should have…||Notes|
|24th Jan||Confirmed the topic with my tutor|
|31st Jan||Identified my primary sources|
|3rd April||Reread and checked it through and handed it in!|
If you fill out a timetable like this now you will not leave everything to the last minute. Of course you can adapt the timetable as you go along, and this process of adapting itwill lead you to be continually monitoring your progress.
Further reading about dissertation writing from Reading University here.