How to motivate yourself to write a Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis?

The article presents ways that you can motivate yourself to write your BA or MA thesis. Specifically, bluntly without stroking the head. Do you want your motivation to reach an unprecedented level? I invite you.

In the following entry you will learn:

  • what is and what is not motivation,
  • why the motivation to write is so important
  • what are the basics of motivation,
  • what activities should be done before you start writing to make it as effective as possible,
  • on ways to maintain motivation to write a diploma thesis.

Interested? Read on.

Motivation to write a Bachelor’s and Master’s thesis

In the previous article, I presented ways to write a thesis chapter in one day. Some people said it was impossible, because you have to spend at least a few weeks on it. Many readers, however, decided that writing a chapter is possible in one day, “but you must have strong motivation”.

In this article, I decided to look in detail at what this motivation is and how to achieve its high level. It is a looser entry, it does not concern strictly the writing of a thesis, however I consider the subject extremely important. Everything starts in the head and your right approach is the basis for success in any activities.

Is motivation decisive for success or maybe this invention of the “first world”?

Without a doubt, the subject of motivation is very fashionable and enjoys great popularity. Most people representing the older generation, when they hear the word motivation, just smile, considering it to be a figment of the modern world. People who grew up in much harder times, hearing that someone “lack of motivation” considers such a person to be lazy, jaded and ignorant of anything about real life. This is partly true, lack of motivation can be a sign of laziness.

On the other hand, why is the incentive industry growing so much? At one time, every second training conducted in companies concerned motivations, corporations improve their motivational systems, and motivational trainers make dizzying careers. Books in the subject of motivation are also bending into shelves in bookstores, which is a sign of great interest in this subject.

One can risk the conclusion that in the modern world it is motivation that determines success. Life has become much easier, people do not have to fight for existence, they get a lot of things on a tray. Lack of challenges and the need to overcome hardships, limit the willingness and action. That is why it depends on the level of motivation whether you will become a passive receiver of serials, or, for example, the owner of a thriving company.

I am not a fashionable coach who wants to extort money from you for storytelling stories about personal development. However, I advise you- build your motivation! She will let you get the tops. That’s why start practicing today by writing your diploma thesis.

What is not the motivation?

Do you know people who all the time are talking about how busy they are and how many responsibilities they have? Do you have colleagues, friends who are constantly repeating how hard they work on their diploma thesis? They do not sleep at night, they commute from afar, neglect home, family, social life, as well as cat and dog. Separate stories are about how they can not get along with the promoter, how bad and unjust they are and how they “got on”. (Remember the story of people who could not pass the driving test for one time. Who was guilty then?)

Such people love to tell stories about the fact that theses are unnecessary, that it is the prescription of books, plagiarism, that it is better to spend this time on gaining professional experience and similar life wisdoms.

These people are also specialists in posting on Facebook and sending to friends hundreds of pictures in the style below.

What is not the motivation?

Do you know people who all the time are talking about how busy they are and how many responsibilities they have? Do you have colleagues, friends who are constantly repeating how hard they work on their diploma thesis? They do not sleep at night, they commute from afar, neglect home, family, social life, as well as cat and dog. Separate stories are about how they can not get along with the promoter, how bad he is, how unjust they are and how he is “caught up”. (Remember the story of people who could not pass the driving test for one time. Who was guilty then?)

Such people love to tell stories about the fact that theses are unnecessary, that it is the prescription of books, plagiarism, that it is better to spend this time on gaining professional experience and similar life wisdoms.

These people are also specialists in posting on Facebook and sending to friends hundreds of pictures in the style below.

Do you have such friends? Most of them end up with last-minute defense or do not approach it at all, wasting a few best years of their lives without receiving anything in return.

Why is this happening? Dear student, remember!

Motivation is not a constant repetition that something is to be done and it is very difficult. Motivation is simply systematic doing it regardless of the difficulties.

Do you really think that throwing dozens of stupid pictures about the fact that the thesis is rewriting books or the promoter’s lack of competence will make your chapter write itself? Is repeating the opinion over and over that writing diploma theses at Polish universities is unnecessary will bring you closer to the goal?

Everyone in life must do many things that seem boring, unnecessary and a great burden. However, you have to do it. In these categories, you can put a diploma thesis that can really frustrate, especially if you can not communicate with the promoter. However, when going to college, everyone was aware (or at least it should be) that they end with writing a job.

In order to efficiently perform tasks that you do not want to do, you need motivation. Speaking in a student language, motivation is simply to make “so you want, if you do not want to”, “tighten your teeth”, perform a task and enjoy the time that you can spend on pleasure.

Why is the motivation to write so important?

You can say: “And there, Master Magister at 5, you write fairy tales, why do I need this motivation ?! A friend of Seba told me that he had a defense in June, and in May he wrote all the work and defended himself for 5. I will do it, too, hahaha. “

My opinion on the story of wonderful colleagues who have made the impossible will to keep for themselves. On the other hand, I can give you reasons why this motivation is so important:

  1. Defense on the first date

If you are well motivated, you will defend yourself on the first date – June / July. Imagine that you have been congratulating your entire defense for the entire holiday and, above all, you do not have to think about the university

  1. Defense in September

In the case of weaker motivation, you will defend in September. It will be harder, you will waste your holiday to prepare a job and think about the university, but you’ll get the goal. You will get the title you want a little later.

  1. Poor motivation = no defense

If you do not motivate and do not approach defense in September, you probably will not defend yourself. Years devoted to studying will sometimes be wasted, because studies without a diploma mean absolutely nothing. You will cross the so-called “red line” and overwhelmed with everyday life, you will not come back to writing a job anymore.

Many of my friends who did not defend themselves in the second term, never defended themselves, because they started working, and this promoter was not available, and it was born to a child, etc. Remember, if you do not get motivated to write during your studies, it is very likely that you will never do it again.

  1. You will be the root 

If you motivate well, you can write 1 chapter in a day. When you’re hard, you can prepare even more. I know people who, having the proverbial “knife on the throat”, wrote the entire BA thesis (50 pages) in a week.

You will positively surprise the promoter, when the whole group will come up with new excuses, you will bring him two chapters of work. If your promoter is a reliable man, he will quickly check your work, you will have a lot of time for corrections and you will undoubtedly gain his favor. You will also be able to count on better defense treatment as a “top manager”. However, this is not a rule, remember to choose a good promoter.

  1. A lot of free time

Imagine that you have already written two chapters, you have peace and a lot of free time. What will you use it for? Work, acquiring new skills? Or maybe for travels? Yes – the motivation gives you a lot of free time. A few days dedicated to intensive work will later allow you to enjoy freedom. I can even venture a statement that if you organize well, you will complain about the excess of this free time.

The basics of good motivation

Before you start writing anything, it’s worth building something that I have called the foundations of good motivation. This is a few decisions that you must make to make your later work a pure pleasure and a self-winding motivational spiral. If you have made the wrong decisions below, do not worry, there is always time for change.

  1. Choose a good topic for your diploma thesis

Absolutely a key factor. Think about whether you’ll be motivated to write about something that is completely uninteresting to you and you feel disgusted at the thought? Just like in life, if you do something with strength you will never achieve this championship and you will not be happy, let alone motivation.

Will the salesman, addicted to contact and negotiations, be satisfied when he is forced to sit for eight hours in a dark room and fill in the tables in Excel? I dare say that it is not.

Therefore, a student who is passionate about project management is unlikely to be motivated to write a thesis on local government.

The choice of the topic was described in detail in the article: How to choose the topic of the BA or MA thesis well?

  1. Choose a good promoter

Your even the best motivation will be destroyed by a promoter who will impose your own version of work or have to correct a well-written chapter 20 times. It’s hard to stay motivated when you hear the fiftieth time – “wrong, correct it and this”.

At every university you will meet excellent promoters who will be for you a model, signpost, backrest and great help. However, you can also find those on which there are literally no words. Well, just like in my life.

I wrote in detail about the choice of the promoter: How to choose a graduate thesis well and not regret it?

  1. Check the availability of materials for the selected topic

Your motivation and enthusiasm are of no avail if at some point you encounter a wall in the form of a lack of materials for your work. Even if you are the most motivated, without a proper teacher you will never learn how to dance like Popek in “Dancing with the Stars”. In the same way, the best motivation will not help if you do not find the materials to work.

  1. Create a bachelor or master thesis folder

The basis of all motivation is order and avoidance of chaos. Therefore, create a “graduation work” folder on your desktop. You can also add subdirectories with chapter titles to it. Record the effects of your work there, as well as any material that you think may be helpful in writing. Did you find an interesting report, page, graphics? Save to this folder. Your motivation will increase in proportion to the amount of materials gathered there.

  1. Invest in colorful self-adhesive sheets

Are you browsing books for materials for work? Buy colored self-adhesive sheets, such as those shown below. Do you find content that you can use in one of the sub-chapters? Immediately stick the card with the title of the subsection in which you will use it. After a few hours of such work you will realize that you already have material for practically the entire theoretical chapter. Now the work day and the chapter ready.

  1. Do not put off for later

Writing a diploma thesis is undoubtedly at the forefront of the issues being done tomorrow. There will always be something more important and more urgent to do than prepare your work.

That’s why writing is a priority. Determine that for a week, two or three there are no more urgent matters than the master’s thesis / diploma thesis. Invite all invitations, parties and meetings for later. Decide for yourself that you can do anything in the future in addition to writing your work. It is really worth it, because meeting friends and other attractions is much better, as you are aware that a lot of work is already on the promoter’s desk.