Friday, December 8, 2017
When you start to get those midterm sweats, the best antidote is organization. Do you have a mountain of studying and work to do to prepare? Take a deep breath. You can totally rock this.
Make a list. This sounds obvious, but sometimes it can feel weirdly hard to just ... write things down. Maybe because confronting the total amount of work you need to do is terrifying, but writing it all down will at least show you there's a finite amount of pain ahead of you. Write down every little thing you have to do, then knock off the easiest ones. Get ahead of it a bit. And breathe.
The 15-minute trick. If you feel stuck or writer's-blocked, here's a trick: Set the timer on your phone to 15 minutes. Then spend those minutes just writing or working on your most daunting task. Then take a break. Usually you'll find that 15 minutes was all you needed to get into a groove. And if not? Then you weren't ready to groove and you needed a break! Move on to something else that requires a little less intense focus.