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  • Writer's pictureMaria Stefanidi

How to Tackle the Dissertation Monster: A Fresh Start and an Actionable Plan

Let's face it: dissertations are hard.

​They can cause endless anxiety, sleepless nights, and feelings of dread at the mere mention of the word.

If you're reading this, chances are, you're struggling to get through your dissertation journey.

​And you know what?

That's perfectly normal and okay.

We've all been there, and I'm here to lend a hand.

​You Are Not Alone: My Experience with the Dissertation Struggles

​When I was tackling my own dissertation, I was constantly overwhelmed and stressed out.

​There were days when I just couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel and felt like giving up.

But I didn't, and neither should you.

I pushed through the barriers, learned from my mistakes, and developed a game plan that ultimately helped me conquer the dissertation monster.

So, let's dive in and create a fresh start for your dissertation journey!

​Pick a Significant Date: A Clean Slate

Choose a meaningful date on the calendar - it can be the start of a new year, a new semester, or even a personal anniversary. Let that day be your "Dissertation Reset Day," a clean slate from which you begin to tackle your dissertation with full force. This symbolic reset will do wonders for your commitment, mindset, and motivation.

  • Step 1: Create a Dissertation Outline & Deadlines First, create a comprehensive outline of your dissertation, broken down into sections or chapters, and set realistic deadlines for each one. Remember to account for revisions, feedback, and inevitable setbacks.

  • Step 2: Make Weekly & Daily Goals Break down your bigger deliverables into smaller tasks and set weekly or daily goals to track your progress. Maintaining momentum and consistently making strides toward finishing your dissertation is essential.

  • Step 3: Carve Out Dedicated Time Commit to working on your dissertation at the same time every day or week, depending on your schedule. Create a routine and stick to it. This will help you build the discipline necessary for you to reach your goals.

  • Step 4: Ask for Help & Support Don't be afraid to ask for help or seek support from friends, family, mentors, or even professionals (like me!). Having a support network can make the journey much more manageable and less isolating.

​Embrace the Rollercoaster: Emotional Ups and Downs

​The dissertation journey is comprised of highs and lows, triumphs and setbacks, so don't be too hard on yourself. When things seem impossible, remember that you entered this field because you're passionate about your subject matter. Embrace the process with resilience and grit, and you'll find yourself growing as both a student and as a person.

​In Conclusion...

​Your dissertation is a challenge, but it's one that you can overcome. By following these actionable steps and embracing the journey with determination and a positive mindset, you'll tackle the dissertation monster head-on and emerge victorious. So, roll up your sleeves, pick your reset date, and let's get started on your new plan for dissertation success! And always remember, I'm here to help. Feel free to reach out anytime by sending me an email at


And always remember, I'm here to help. Feel free to reach out anytime by sending me an email at So don't be shy; drop me a message, and let's chat. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Good luck!

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