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Making Use Of Time With MBA Applications

When focusing on your MBA applications, planning how you use and budget your time is critical to creating the essays needed to represent your accomplishments and potential contributions to a top business school. However, if you ignore your calendar and schedule, time will most decidedly be against you.

MBA applicants need to balance the investment of time developing essays with the other commitments in their lives. Your career, family, and other activities are also very important. The best step you can take is to put together a calendar and budget months before your MBA applications are due. As an applicant, you should think about your time management in a number of ways.

Getting The Hours To Finish Your Essays

Although the time MBA applicants take to create their applications varies greatly depending on their skill in writing and other factors, you should expect to spend 40 to 60 hours working on your essays if you are applying to four to eight MBA programs. This amount normally covers the writing, editing, and other aspects of your writing process. If you currently have a career in writing, you will most likely have an easier time with this.

In addition to the essays, applicants need to set aside the time needed to prep recommenders and focus on other areas of their candidacy. Additionally, you should not forget about studying for the GMAT.

Best Ways To Plan Your Days

In general, individuals tend to vary in work patterns. Some work best when they focus on individual tasks. Others work best when they can focus all of their attention on one session. As a business school candidate, you should be aware of the way you work most effectively.

I personally recommend to the majority of my clients that they allocate a few hours each time they work on their essays. I believe that shorter periods of time do not allow enough time for people to get into a good writing mood. You should not believe that you’re going to have a strong essay if only spend a short period of time on your essays. Essays composed in pieces often read as disjointed and unpolished.

For more robust guidance on your MBA application essays, check out the Stacy Blackman Consulting Essay Guide Series – school specific guides with essay tips, sample essays, information on what your target schools value and more.

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