Izzy help! I have so much due tomorrow and I'm getting really anxious about finishing all of it :( I remember you did your 8-page paper in 3 hours - do you have any strategies for getting work done?
I’m sorry you’re so swamped, dude!!! The end of the year workload is awful.
I don’t know what kind of work you’re doing exactly, but assuming you’ve got essays to write:
outline outline outline
the outline doesn’t have to be all that detailed or thoughtful, you can just clean up later
organize by paragraph/topic. ex:
space race begins, guys are doing a bunch of cool shit, being “steely-eyed missile men” [source]
but where are all the steely-eyed missile women?
first there were the Mercury 7, the OG astronauts
same institution that tested the astronauts got curious and decided to test women [source]
Mercury 13 were just as physically strong as male astronauts but never officially affiliated to NASA because misogyny
[insert quote from congressional hearing here]
and just go like that. bullet points are a lot less intimidating than starting an essay. and starting an essay is a lot less intimidating when you’ve already got a first draft of it written out in bullet point form
also if you’re writing about a book, shmoop and sparknotes are your friends. if you’re writing a research paper, use wikipedia, scroll down, and take a look at the stuff they cite. that’s a good place to start researching
In general though:
try not to pull an all nighter. like, aim for 3 hours of sleep to get you through the day, or you’ll hate yourself in the morning
try not to do work in your bed, it’ll just make you feel tired
drink cold water
“i’ll take a nap and-” if you sleep you’re gonna sleep dude, so try not to until the work’s done
alternatively you can be like me and wake up disgustingly early to do it
(would not recommend. convincing yourself to wake up at 5am is hard)
if you’re in college, strategically skipping classes is an option. like, i skipped my dance class to finish that history essay. if you have a few less important (or, like, nothing-is-due-today-here) classes that you can afford to not attend, consider skipping them if you need the extra time
if you’re in high school pretend to be sick so you can stay home
maybe don’t take advice from me
Honestly, my last sage piece of advice is to not worry too much. A little anxiety is good as a motivator when it comes to last-minute projects, but don’t get overwhelmed. Use that 25-5 method so that you get a few breaks while working.
But seriously, Anon, you’ve got this!! Go get that stuff done!!
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