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Five mindset tips that will make all the difference in your dissertation journey!

Your mindset is crucial.

Actually, your mindset is everything.

And, without a doubt, your mindset is crucial in your dissertation journey!

Have I stressed this enough already? 😆

Well, mindset shapes how you see yourself, your capabilities, and your potential.

A positive mindset will help you push through challenging times and achieve success.

On the other hand, a fixed mindset will hinder your progress and make the journey more challenging.

To be more specific, a fixed mindset tells you that your abilities are set in stone, while a growth mindset allows you to view your skills as fluid and ever-evolving; your mistakes or setbacks as part of the learning process.

The key is to cultivate a growth mindset while working on your dissertation, and here are five ways to do exactly that:

#1 - Believe in yourself

The first step is to believe in yourself.

It sounds cliché, I know, but it's true.

If you don't believe in your ability to finish your dissertation, you won't be able to summon the motivation or perseverance to see it through.

So, remind yourself that you are capable of completing your dissertation and believe that you WILL succeed!

#2 - Take Breaks

Working on your dissertation can be all-consuming, but it's important to take breaks and give yourself time to relax.

Step away from your work regularly, and make sure to schedule in some fun activities outside of your dissertation.

When you take care of yourself, you'll be able to stay focused and avoid burnout.

#3 - Be Flexible

When you're working on a major project like a dissertation, it's important to be flexible and willing to adjust your plans as needed.

Things will inevitably come up that throw off your original schedule, but if you're flexible and willing to make changes, you'll be able to get back on track.

The most important thing is that you finish your dissertation, so don't get too discouraged if you have to make some changes along the way.

Keep your eye on the prize, and you'll be able to reach your goal.

#4 - Be Proud of Yourself

Write down three things you are proud of yourself for in your dissertation journey so far.

For example,

1. You started your dissertation! Just getting started is a huge accomplishment, and it's something you can be proud of.

2. You've written papers before, but this is different. Your dissertation is your own research, and you're doing it all on your own. That's a big deal!

3. You've stuck with it even when it's been tough. Dissertations aren't always easy, but you've persevered and kept going. That takes strength and determination!

Looking back on your accomplishments can help you stay motivated and keep pushing forward toward your goal.

#5 - Journal Your Emotions and Your Experiences while on your Dissertation Journey

If you're currently working on your dissertation, you're likely feeling a range of emotions, from excitement to anxiety.

Writing a dissertation is a huge undertaking, and it's natural to feel like you're in over your head sometimes.

One way to deal with the ups and downs of the dissertation process is to journal your emotions and experiences. Here's why journaling can be so helpful!

Your journal can be your private space to vent.

Let's face it, there will be days (or even weeks) during your dissertation journey when you feel completely overwhelmed and ready to give up.

That's normal!

On days like these, it can be helpful to have a space where you can just vent all of your frustrations.

Get everything off your chest, and don't hold back!

Once you've vented, you might find that you actually feel better and are able to approach your work with a fresh perspective.

Your journal can help you track your progress.

While working on such a long-term project, it can be easy to lose sight of how far you've actually come.

Journaling can help with this by giving you a written record of your journey.

You can look back on old entries and see just how much progress you've made, even on the days when it doesn't feel like it.

This can be a great source of motivation when you need it most.

Your journal can be your precious place to celebrate your successes.

In addition to tracking your overall progress, journaling can also be a way to celebrate your smaller successes along the way.

Did you finally figure out how to solve that pesky coding problem?

Write about it in your journal!

By taking the time to acknowledge and celebrate your accomplishments, big and small, you'll help yourself stay positive and motivated throughout the entire process.

These five mindset tips will definitely help you power through your dissertation.

Believe in yourself, take breaks, be flexible, be proud of yourself and journal!


And if you want to work more on your mindset while working on your dissertation, click here to purchase my "Prepare Yourself for Your Dissertation Journey Toolkit - Mindset Edition"!

This toolkit will help you immensely better understand the concept of mindset and how it can change your academic life for the better!

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