For those who have finished, CONGRATS! For those still working, almost there!! And to all those looking at exhausted seniors, this is for you. Get some wisdom in advance, you’ll be in the Lib Cafe chugging caffeine with a stack of books soon.
Always a classic, always inspiring!
1. Taking Breaks & A Bit of Booze will bring You Great Success
For real y’all. It’s scientifically proven by the great (and brilliant) Jonah Lehrer. “Scientists have determined that people in a relaxed state and a good mood are far more likely to develop innovative or creative thoughts,” according to NPR coverage of Lehrer. Let me clarify. First, on the adult beverages I truly mean just a bit, not Middkid Video style here. But by all means, grab a Woodchuck as you read/write/edit away! There’s a reason why Happy Hours are named as such. Second, on the breaks, really take the time to peace out every once in awhile: attend a lecture or panel totally unrelated to your topic, go for a run, spend a two hour proctor dinner with your friends, etc. You’ll come back refreshed, and if you’re lucky maybe even reach an epiphany along the way!
2. Laundry Can Wait, Showers Cannot
We’ve all done it. Wondered if ‘those jeans’ are good to wear another day, smelling ‘that shirt’ to see if it’s moderately acceptable. Just buy yourself an extra week’s worth of underwear and men’s white T’s now. You’ll thank me later when you’re two weeks pre-deadline with lots o’laundry. And by all means, don’t skip showers, you’ll think it saves time, but it is always well worth spending.
3. Small Tokens are where it’s at!
When it’s 3 a.m. and you’re checking your footnotes for the trillionth time, you’ll want something to bring you back to the real world and the larger picture. Whether it’s a photo, a special piece of jewelry, a favorite pen, lucky socks — (heard it all) find something meaningful to keep on you. Or, get something new and decide it’s special and meaningful!
4. Get Cranky at Totally Unnecessary Things & Enjoy It