Each semester brings a new lesson with it, outside of the book work. My life lesson from last spring was “do more, sooner.”
I find myself repeating this throughout the day, as a reminder that there is always more work to do, and even if it feels like I’m caught up (no, never) that it’s smart to do more now, than to get behind and have to cram. Cramming sucks! And cramming for a subject like chemistry is nearly impossible.
Doing more sooner flattens out the studying/work curve. If I can front load my studying, than I won’t feel panic when the exam comes. Doing a chunk of the work everyday is better than leaving it to the last minute and incurring ridiculous amounts of stress on oneself.
The semester’s workload is already laid out for me in a syllabus. It’s like a gift, saying, here is the path you need to take. All you need to do is follow these instructions, and you’ll do well!
But there’s this little procrastinator voice that kicks in for most of us. It says, just do a little bit now. Don’t work so hard. There’s still time.
Time goes by SO fast, though. And, “life” happens. Unexpected events steal time, and sometimes I give away the time willingly. Then, without warning, there’s no time, and a huge amount of work to complete. The mole hill became Mount Everest.
Practice this life lesson: do more, sooner. Your future self thanks your past self for putting in the work and preparing for what’s coming. Your future self is relaxing with a cocktail because all the work is already done! Do the work now, so your future self can chill.