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Millie’s Musings: A Guide to Pulling the Perfect All-Nighter

Let me take you back to one year ago…

My first university essay was due at the beginning of November and I was pretty determined to do well in it. I felt as if my whole university degree depended on this one essay. (Me and my friend later found out that this essay was worth 0.002% of our overall degree… go figure.) B

ut in true procrastinator style, I left it very much till the last minute and thus, I completed the unthinkable: an all-nighter. I’m not quite sure what I was thinking, but I survived. I am a survivor, and I am here to help my fellow procrastinators out there when they find themselves needing to make a diamond under-pressure.

Hydration. Hydration. Hydration. – Do not overdo it with the coffee or energy drinks. Seriously. I think after having 3 cups of coffee and 5 energy drinks on this all-nighter I could taste colours. Water is actually your best friend and staying hydrated is key to feeling less drowsy. It also helps to keep productivity high.

Take A Break / Have A Nap. – It hit 11am the next morning on my quest and I felt physically sick from how tired I was. I would thoroughly recommend having a nap for a couple of hours to keep your productivity levels high and give you some rest to carry on slaving away at your essay. If not, having short breaks can help you recharge yourself when perhaps you happen upon writer’s block.

Snacking. – Just like your drink choices, choose your snacks wisely. I find anything chocolatey tends to make me feel rather sluggish, so cereal bars are a good alternative to keep you going. Anything fruit-based is a good choice too.

I’m going to be honest and tell you all to ask yourself: is it worth all that pain? If I think back to my all-nighter, it hit 3am and after that, I barely wrote a thing. All my energy had depleted and I ended up feeling pretty horrendous by the end of it.

Of course, I encourage you to stay on top of your workload and hope that you never have to pull an all-nighter. But when desperate times call for desperate measures, I hope you find this useful!

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