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  • Writer's pictureMaria Stefanidi

How to create a morning routine that works for you - Dissertation Edition!

"Well begun is half done" - Aristotle

This means that if you start something on the right foot, you are already halfway there.

That is nowhere more evident than in how you begin each day!

When it comes to winning the day, your morning routine is the key.

But there is no one-size-fits-all way to start your day.

So, I'll drop a few ideas to think about, and if they resonate with you, you can put them into action and see what works best for you!

That way, you'll start creating your own morning routine while working on your dissertation.

Idea #1 - Decide the time you'll wake up each day

Are you wondering why people obsess about waking up at the same time every day?

That's because it's essential to have a regular sleep schedule. Waking up and going to bed at the same time each day helps you regulate your body's sleep rhythm.

However, sometimes it can be challenging to stick to a set schedule, especially if you have a job that requires you to work late hours or early mornings or if you are a parent.

Your aim is to start at the same time every day during the week and on weekends. By finding the right wake-up time for your lifestyle, you'll start your day off feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever comes your way.

Idea #2 - Consider what you need to hear/read to keep your mind focused in the right direction

For example, listening to certain types of music can energize some students.

Others read inspirational or motivational texts to start their day.

Others would rather listen to an audiobook or a podcast.

A good idea might also be to read blog posts or listen to podcasts that focus on other students' dissertation experiences. This will help you realize that you're not alone in this journey and that others have gone through the same thing.

You can also find many valuable pieces of advice and tips from these sources, which can help you make the most of your dissertation journey. This step doesn't require a lot of time. Even 10 minutes every day can help to get your mind in the right place.

Idea #3 - Pay attention to what you eat for breakfast

It has been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and there is a good reason for this.

Breakfast provides the body with the energy it needs to start the day, and it also helps to replenish the nutrients that were used up during the night.

Remember that paying attention to what you eat and how it affects you afterwards is essential to your well-being.

Try keeping a simple breakfast journal for a few weeks. Make a note of what you ate and how much energy you had two hours later.

Idea #4 - Take a refreshing shower

A morning shower is a refreshing way to begin the day. Not only does it wake you up and help you to feel invigorated, but it also gives you a chance to clear your head and prepare for the day ahead.

By taking a few minutes to shower in the morning, you can ensure that you are feeling your best and ready to take on the day's challenges.

So, if you are looking for a way to boost your productivity and improve your mood, be sure to add a shower to your morning routine.

Idea #5 - Exercise

One way to make life as a student a little easier is to make exercise part of your morning routine.

Exercise improves focus and concentration, which are essential in your dissertation journey.

What's more, it can also help to alleviate stress, giving you the energy and motivation you need to power through even the most challenging days.

So, go for a 10-minute walk. The combination of fresh air and exercise is energizing.

Or maybe complete a mini-workout to awaken and improve your mental well-being quickly.

Just make sure to add some movement to your morning routine!

Idea #6 - Play some upbeat music

Starting your day with upbeat music can set the tone for the rest of your day. It can help you feel more positive and motivated, which can be especially helpful when you're working on your dissertation.

Listening to happy, up-tempo tunes in the morning can also help to wake you up and get you moving, which can be helpful if you're struggling to drag yourself out of bed for a study session.

So, if you're looking for ways to make your mornings a little brighter, why not try music?

You might just find that it makes all the difference.

Idea #7 - Meditate or journal

The morning hours before your dissertation study sessions begin are the perfect time to set the tone for the day ahead.

If you find yourself struggling to focus or frequently feeling overwhelmed, adding some mindfulness practices to your morning routine may be helpful.

Taking just 10-15 minutes to sit quietly and focus on your breath can help you to feel more centred and better prepared to face the day.

If meditation doesn't appeal to you, try keeping a journal where you can jot down your thoughts and feelings each morning.

Getting your ideas out of your head and down on paper can help you to feel less stressed and more capable of tackling whatever the day has in store.

Give it a try - you might be surprised at how much difference it can make in your outlook on life as a student!

Idea #8 - Drink a glass of water

Including a glass of water in your morning routine can significantly improve your overall health and well-being.

Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches and difficulty in concentrating.

So, next time you're up early to study or work on your dissertation, take a moment to pour yourself a glass of water.

Even if you are a caffeine addict (like me), try drinking a glass of water before you begin your day.

Your body will thank you for it!

Idea #9 - Appear confident

Each morning, take a close look at yourself in the mirror.

Examine yourself in the mirror to ensure that you appear confident and ready for your day, even if you feel slightly nervous about the day ahead.

By taking a few minutes to ensure that you look and feel confident, you can start your day with a positive attitude and the energy you need to succeed.

Idea #10 - Kiss the loved ones before leaving the house

Consider adding it to your morning routine.

Don't be in such a rush in the morning that you overlook the most important people in your life.

A quick kiss can help to start your day off on a positive note and remind you of what's important in your life. So, next time you're rushing out the door, take a moment to stop and kiss your partner or family member goodbye.

It might just make all the difference in how your day goes.

Who knows, you might just find that it's the best part of your day!


Whatever you choose to include in your morning routine, the most important thing is to develop a routine that helps you progress on your dissertation while also taking care of yourself.

Your goal must be to create a morning routine that will help you power through your dissertation and come out the other side feeling accomplished and proud!


So, if you're struggling to create a morning routine that works for you or already have a morning routine, but you're not sure if it's effective or efficient, I can help...

I offer a free 30-minute Discovery Call to help you figure out what would work best for you.

We can discuss your struggles, goals, and dissertation journey.

Based on that, I'll give you some ideas on creating a morning routine that will help you be more productive and motivated while working on your dissertation!

Schedule your free call with me by clicking here, and let's chat about how we can get you closer to finishing your dissertation!

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