When I applied to b-school last fall, I found the essays to be the hardest part of the process. It felt like most of my application was already out of my control—it was too late for me to make major changes to my work experience or GMAT score—so I really wanted to knock the essays out of the park.
Easier said than done, right?
If you’ve been procrastinating on your essays because you don’t know where to begin, don’t fret! I’ve devised a 10-day plan to not only help you power through your essays, but to help you write ones that are sure to impress. Dedicate about 2-3 hours each day to the steps below, and you’ll be done before you know it.
Days 1-3: Gear Up
Getting started can be really difficult—but you don’t have to face that blank piece of paper (er, Word document) yet. There are actually some things you should do before diving in that will help you get started on the right track.
Over the next few days, focus on the following activities, and you’ll not only have honed in on your topics, you’ll have gotten yourself halfway to a finished essay.
Days 4-7: Get Writing!
Preparation is key, but after a certain point you’re going to have to start putting words down on paper. Spend the next few days pounding out your essays and, as you type, keep these things in mind:
Day 8: Take a Break
At this point, you may just want to finish up, but it’s worth taking a full day to put your essays away and focus on other things. Giving yourself a chance to sleep on it and take a day off will help you come back to revisions tomorrow with fresh eyes.
Days 9-10: Put the Polish On
Now it’s time to take your essays from great to perfectly polished. Spend the next couple days on the following steps to get your essays into their final forms:
If you’ve followed this timeline you should have a set of excellent essays ready to be submitted. Now, go send them off and celebrate!