Yeah yeah yeah, we know. We say this every year. We spent all of Springtime trying to convince you that, um, time passes quickly and this whole applying-to-bschool thing will take longer than you expect in our attempts to remind you that Round 1 was right around the corner. Here we are now, the very first day of November, and we’ve already spent a week rattling cages about Round 2.
But you know what? It’s true!
The holidays are basically upon us already and before you know it, you’ll be chugging the eggnog and decorating trees.
This is a really tricky part of the application cycle. If you’ve been interviewing off your Round 1 apps, awesome! But you’re not in yet. As we posted recently: How do you know if you should be thinking about Round 2?
If you didn’t manage to get any, or the appropriately targeted, apps in so far this season, that’s common, and don’t worry about it. Deal with the reality you have now. You really really really want to go to bschool; you haven’t yet managed to submit any (or the right) apps; OK great, let’s start now and make it happen. You know that Round 2 is in your future. Yet you may be having trouble actually getting started. The worst is to get lulled into that sense of complacency that Round 2 is far off and you have all sorts of time left. We’re here to tell you that it isn’t, and you don’t.
If you submitted some apps in Round 1 yet none of them have turned into interviews yet (and/or some have been outright rejected) then you’re probably also feeling down in the dumps about that, and dreading the whole prospect of Round 2 applications even more.
It’s one thing to be procrastinating on a big project that you know you have to do; it’s entirely another to be facing the unpleasant reality of having to do a big project you’ve already done, that you hated immensely, and that seemed to not have been fruitful.
We get it, Brave Supplicant. This stuff is hard.
The reason for today’s post is to help you recognize those feelings. Sometimes, simply naming them can help you move past them.
As Sun Tzu said, Know your enemy. When your enemy is your own self-sabotage, it’s even more important to recognize the powers that it holds over you.
Because with the proper insight, you can bust those powers. Gaining some insight into the processes that drive them can be key.
We’re really trying to encourage you to find a way to buck yourself up and get started early.
Besides the hopefully-helpful practical application advice, this Be careful! Procrastination will get you!! message is one of the most common themes you get here at EssaySnark. But it’s true — and today we’ll offer some advice from the wise folks at Trello (this is just a link, they’re not sponsoring us or anything) about how you, and all of us, truly suck at anticipating how we are going to feel in the future, and this inability to predict what that future self will want creates so much more pain than it has to. They wrote this useful article about a science-y thing called affective predicting which is — oh hey, we’ll let you just go read the article.
“According to a recent New York Times article , procrastination is more about emotion management than laziness.”
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- Success Story! “EssaySnark was blowing it way out of proportion – this thing was gonna be easy!”
- How to stop avoiding the difficult jobs.
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