Stop taking in new information.
Information overload will stop you in your tracks every time. Rather than doing yet another Google search or forum lurking session, rest that you already know enough about applying to graduate school to take the first step. Stop reading. Stop searching. Start moving forward.
Take the first step. Actually just take any step.
Since you’ve been procrastinating, worrying, and gathering information for so long, you may have no idea which way is up, down, forward or backward. That’s okay for now. At least you’ve stopped staying up until 1 am reading graduate student blogs from 2008. Since we’ve already established that you already know enough to get started on your graduate school applications, do something real and tangible to move you forward in your application process. This could mean officially registering for a test date to take the GMAT or GRE, writing a first draft of one of your essays, scheduling a consultation call with an admissions consultant (make it a working session if possible–not just a theoretical strategy “what if?” session), or redoing your resume. Remember: further research is not a first step. ACTION is a first step.
Create some accountability for yourself.
You’ve probably been wringing your hands in the secrecy of your own mind. Most people who know you probably don’t even know how important applying to graduate school is for you–or how much of a challenge it’s become for you to move forward in the process. Tell several people about your goal of applying to graduate school this season so that you have trusted people whose opinions you care about looking to see if you did what you said you’d do. Wanting to live up to what you said you’d do will serve as a powerful tool to get you out of procrastination mode and into GSD mode. TAOA Community: Have any of you out there been procrastinating? What first step are you going to take or have you taken to move forward?