What got you through your doctorate?
You are responsible for yourself - finally stop pissing yourself off… ..!
Doctorate and personal development
I've been through all of that, several times, often enough, and steadily again. Today I can smile about the fact that I gave the following tips to my students who wrote their theses for me and to other doctoral candidates and who repeatedly violated them myself. I've been sabotaging myself for years. Up to the point when I realized that it was all about me and that I was in control of everything.
Today I would like to share five essential insights with you. They helped me to work on my dissertation with joy and to let go of it in the end. I have learned one thing - personal responsibility is so powerful and works
# 1 Clarify your goal!
You probably often hear how important it is to know your why or what for. Do! Absolutely do! Clarify for yourself what the drivers are, what you want to achieve, clarify your time horizon. Use a mind map for this, write 50 reasons on Dr. to be or describe the first day after receiving your certificate. Whichever method you use - write it down and check it out from time to time. Adjust, add and use the power of manifestation.
# 2 What are you willing to invest?
Having a goal for the dissertation is so important in order to have a fixed star in times of great distraction, family planning, financial bottlenecks or a great lack of drive. But also clarify what you are willing to invest. Collect activities that you do less in order to have more time for the dissertation, clear up your financial resources for experiments, conference trips, etc., clear up the time that you want to invest. Write it down!
# 3 find your mentor!
Growth is faster if you orientate yourself towards something bigger. It took me a long time to realize that working with my mentor encourages and challenges me more than it shows what I can't yet. Find a person who has already obtained a doctorate and who will accompany you in your processes - professionally, didactically and, above all, personally. It can be your supervisor or someone external. Search in your research field or at methodologically related intersections. Mentoring programs are also suitable. If the step of addressing a person is too big for you, look for other doctoral candidates and exchange ideas with them. At this point I would like to thank Jutta for the work, she has created a helpful platform.
# 4 Design your environment!
Check where and how you are best working on your dissertation and check this from time to time. A dissertation has many phases and therefore also needs adjustments in your work locations and resources. I wrote my dissertation in the office, in the technical center, at home, in youth hostels, in cafes and libraries. On the laptop, by hand, with a dictation machine, with videologs and colorful pictures. See how it suits you.
Inform your personal and professional environment about your project and clarify with them how they can support you. As painful as it was at times, it was helpful to have agreed with my mother that she should ask me about my work status as often as possible. The care offers for my son, friends read the texts and colleagues who read one or the other measured value on the weekend were helpful.
# 5 Create your habits!
In the age of personality development, there could be a long paragraph here - there are many methods of creating habits. But above all, take a look at and log how you work, how disciplined you are and how purposeful and self-loving you are. I kept a work book and wrote down my to-dos every day, ticked off and answered two sentences: “What was beneficial today” and “what was a hindrance today”. Over time, I was able to develop great methods of time management, focus, self-discipline and, above all, gratitude for myself and my activities.
I learned so much more about myself than what was set as the goal of the dissertation. I enjoy my enthusiasm and inventiveness without the pressure of having to exist somewhere. I have the printed certainty that I made it. Many of my ideas follow on from my dissertation and I can design my own field of research. I enjoy being a researcher - in the area of environmental technology and in the area of my personal development.
Have a lot of fun on your self-responsible path! Have fun setting sail!
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