You might think an all nighter is the best way to get the most work done but that is false! No sleep = tired and silly mistakes. Take a nap to rejuvenate and then back to the drawing board. That way you will get more done with better quality work (and prevent yourself from showing up on labbums.tumblr.com)
2. EAT 3 MEALS A DAY
Sounds simple, but it isn’t. You get so wrapped up in your work you forget it is lunchtime. Eat healthy meals. Your body needs all the nourishment during this stressful time.
3. BALANCE THE AMOUNT OF CAFFEINE YOU DRINK
It is not a joke. You don’t want to be shaking during your final presentation.
4. BALANCE YOUR WORK
Try to get stuff done in advance. I know this sounds impossible because everything is time consuming and back to back, but try and be efficient because that is one way to prevent the all nighters.
5. LOOK PRESENTABLE FOR YOUR FINAL
Sleep, shower, and wear a nice outfit. This will make a huge difference. Crits don’t want to see someone who looks like the rolled out of bed. It is important to look professional.
6. CONTINUOUSLY BACK UP YOUR WORK AND HARD DRIVES
For the inevitable moment the spinning beach ball of death plagues you and you have to force quit your applications. (check out this related Ted Talk)
7. TEST PRINT AND PRINT EARLY
If you haven’t already noticed, the computer labs get full and the printers get backed up during finals. Printer problems are not an excuse for being late to a final critique!
8. GIVE YOURSELF MORE TIME THAN YOU THINK YOU NEED
Everything takes longer than planned. Make time for that!
9. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
You NEED to stay hydrated.
10. KNOW WHAT YOU WILL SAY IN ADVANCE
The hour before a presentation is not the time to prepare what you want to say especially when you’re running on little sleep. You worked an entire semester to get to this point, you don’t want to mess it up by not knowing what to say. Pump yourself up, practice in front of the mirror, jot down some notes, do whatever works for you and rock it!
Best of luck to everyone!