How to stay motivated when writing your dissertation

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By Sanya Arora

The end of the semester is coming closer with every passing day, and that means only one thing- it’s time to start working on dissertations! After 6 months of fun and games, it seems unthinkable to suddenly have to get so serious. However, it is important to realise that the earlier you begin with the dissertation, the less stressful it will be at the end. Choose a topic that interests you so that you will enjoy working on it. Remember, it counts for more than half of your final grade, so it is vital to be extremely focussed when writing your dissertation. Meet your supervisor on a regular basis and clarify all your doubts with him/her- after all they are here to help you and to ensure that you do the best that you can. Even if you are lagging behind or have not finished everything that they have told you too, do not skip your meetings with them. They are the most important people who will help you to get through this. Talk to seniors as their guidance is invaluable- they have been through the same thing as you and so they can advise you on how to do well. Make sure to get enough sleep and exercise- it is very important to be physically fit, only then will you be able to retain your focus. Take a break from social media as it can be highly distracting and may even lead you to depression when you see posts of your friends enjoying and partying while you are slogging over your dissertation. Each day, make a plan of what all you want to accomplish in the next day and ensure that you stick to it. This will help you to manage your time well. Instead of working on it in your room, where your attention is bound to get diverted, go to the library. Being surrounded by other people who are studying is a great motivation to get into the mood of working. Identify whether you are a morning or night person- While waking up early works for some, others prefer working on it the entire night. There is no right or wrong, it just depends on what you prefer.

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