4 Tips for Completing The Final Stretch of Applications

Need a last-minute push? Try my four tips for completing your applications efficiently and effectively!

1) Change your scenery to get it done. Get out of your bedroom and go to the local coffee shop, café, or library depending on how much noise you like to have in the background while you work.

2) Try Pomodoros. This is a productivity hack. Set a timer for 20 minutes. While the timer runs, work exclusively on the task you have at hand—whether it’s polishing your essay, editing your resume, or checking your Common App. After 20 minutes, take a 5-minute break. A true break! No email/cell phone to check your other notifications. Just a pause – and think about grabbing yourself a snack or a cup of tea. 

3) Use a writing app like Omm Writer. Free for use on your computer, this app will help you to minimize distractions and focus on the task at hand. Putting your cell phone in another room, turning off email and social media notifications, and setting up your desk with everything you need to write (e.g. pen and paper, previous notes, snacks, drinks) will ensure you have everything you need to get it done.


4) Go to sleep! Seriously, you should be getting 8-10 hours per night. You’ll be amazed at how an investment of a couple of extra hours of sleep each night will lead you to be more productive and efficient each day. Sleep is an investment in your wakefulness. 


You got this!

-Dr. Legatt


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