The last few weeks in my student life have been rather monotonous – I was reading a lot (though less than planned) of articles for my master thesis, which is my big project at the moment. And even though we are having some sort of schedule for this semester, it means that we are rather our own bosses. And that is what many people desire to be in life, I believe. But, as you might have guessed from the title of this entry, this inevitably brings along a rather fundamental challenge: how to really motivate yourself to start working, if there are no rewards in near sight? If all you get back is a diploma and a grade in a couple of months time?
My strategy is to try to work everyday for a certain amount of hours, e.g. from 9 to 17, and do as much as possible in this time. I also have motivational quotes hanging around, both virtually and at home, such as “If you’re going through hell, keep going!” (Winston Churchill) or “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” (Amelia Earhart). Plus I try to set several “part goals” and to reward myself after reaching them, such as a trip with friends.
How do you deal with finding motivation and such big papers? Do you have any good tips and tricks? I would be very glad to get YOUR comments and ideas!