Applying to bschool is a big project. Like, on the scale of the really big projects you will tackle this year, it’s the biggest. It may even be the biggest thing you will have tackled in five years.
Once you’re accepted at bschool, and you actually start, you will soon realize that doing bschool and then finishing bschool and actually graduating from bschool put the whole applying to bschool project to shame by comparison. Actually earning your MBA is a much bigger deal than just applying to get accepted.
But for now, this whole application process is in the category of REALLY BIG DEAL.
Like in the OMG HOW WILL I EVER PULL IT OFF type realm.
Regardless of how much we preach this, we know that many (most) of you will end up scrambling to finish your essays and pushing the Submit button on your applications in the days — sometimes hours — before the application is due.
The problem with deadlines is that they’re completely ethereal when they’re months and months away.
Why bother getting started when there is no pressure at all? You’ve got all the time in the world… or at least, all the time till October. Or maybe it’ll be September when you start to feel the heat.
The real reason most people don’t get an early start on writing their essays is FEAR.
Yup, we said it.
Fear of how big the project is: you don’t even know where to start. Fear of failure — what if all of this works out and you actually get ACCEPTED? Maybe fear of writing: when was the last time you had to write an essay?!? Fear of being exposed…. many of these essay questions are so PERSONAL. Even the career goals essays… you have to tell someone what your hopes and dreams are? Fear of being laughed at, fear of being seen as ridiculous… fear of not dreaming big enough…. All sorts of things play into this.
We came across this most insightful article from HBR about exactly this a few months back and we set it aside to offer to you now. This article talks about how to deal with that fear that’s stopping you from getting started on something big. There’s some truly great advice in that piece. Go read it.
And then take that first step: Make an appointment with yourself to get started. Ideally that appointment will be in the very near future. Of course, if your school doesn’t yet have their questions out, then there’s only so much actual essay-writing you can do… though there’s plenty more in the area of research and prep that you can tackle. You could schedule a school visit, for example, or at the very least, make a date with someone in your network who went to a good bschool, to talk to them about their experience. Come up with a tangible thing-to-get-started and put it on the calendar. Use this time wisely. You’ll be in panic-mode soon enough, trust us.
And of course, if you want some help along the way… the Esasy Optimizer Plan gives you a step-by-step approach of what to do first, and next, and after that. It’s the most efficient way to go from here to SUBMITTED that we know of — and it can also dramatically increase the quality of your output through proven advice for what you need to focus on. Now would be a great time to sign up!