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  • Writer's pictureMaria Stefanidi

Make a Commitment to Yourself!

Writing a dissertation is hard.

There’s no sugarcoating it.

It’s a lot of work, and it can often feel like you’re swimming against the tide.

But the truth is if you commit to yourself—to show up every single day and take action—you have a much better chance of getting it done.

You have to be willing to put in the hard work and make some sacrifices along the way, but ultimately it’s worth it. In this blog post, we’ll discuss why making a commitment to yourself is so important when writing your dissertation and how you can get started today.

The benefits of making a commitment to yourself.

Making a commitment to yourself carries with it several benefits that will help you stay on track while writing your dissertation.

For starters, having an explicit commitment allows you to focus on what matters most: finishing your dissertation.

When you are committed, you are less likely to get distracted by other tasks or activities that don’t contribute toward completing your dissertation. Still, making this kind of commitment has other benefits, such as making you more motivated and confident, which can help you move forward and give you more discipline when dealing with challenging tasks.

Staying committed.

Once you've made your commitment, it's crucial to stay committed throughout the writing of your dissertation. This means being present each day and taking action towards achieving your goal even when things get tough or discouraging. Even if that just means setting aside an hour each day for research or reading-related materials - anything counts!

Also, remember that staying focused requires setting boundaries for yourself so that other distractions don't take away from the time you set aside for working on your dissertation - such as limiting social media usage or turning off notifications during certain hours.

How to get started today.

Whether you're already working on your dissertation or just getting started, now is the time to make a commitment to yourself - one that will last beyond just today but throughout the entire process of completing your dissertation.

Start by thinking about what success looks like for you (Is it graduating in two years? Completing one chapter per month?)

Then think about how much dedication and hard work this will require from you (Will I need to give up my weekends? Work longer hours?)

Finally, write down what steps need to be taken in order for this plan to come to fruition (Setting daily/weekly/monthly deadlines, creating smaller goals, etc.).

Once these steps are written out and fully understood, then comes the fun part – putting them into action!

Making a commitment takes courage but also offers excellent reward – reward in knowing that you have taken ownership over something significant and valuable; reward in seeing all of those long days gradually add up until suddenly there is an end product; reward in feeling worthy enough of investing time into yourself and something larger than just “you”; reward in knowing what true dedication looks like once everything comes together at the end!

So start today – commit now – show up tomorrow, and never look back!


If you need a commitment partner to keep you motivated and on track, why not schedule a Dissertation Coffee Session with me? It's free, it involves coffee (or your favorite beverage!), and it will be a commitment to yourself that you can stick to. You'll have an accountability partner who will remind you of your goals and encourage you to keep pushing forward – no matter how difficult things might get. So, why not make the commitment today? Schedule your Dissertation Coffee Session now, and let's get started!

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