Law students around the country are taking their last final exams of their law school career. As law school winds up, their focus turns to the bar exam. It is just weeks away (okay, not weeks, months actually—but it may feel like “weeks”).
Many students already have their bar review materials sitting at home, waiting to be opened. Some students are already cracking into those materials, trying to get a jump start on prep.
However, if this is you, I warn you, burnout may be coming!
I think we all have experienced burnout at one time or another. To be honest, I am recovering from a bit of it myself right now (which is why the Bar Exam Toolbox went a little silent for a few weeks). Alison and I threw a conference called Catapult 2013, which was a huge success. But it was a ton of work. And while I was working on Catapult, my list of things to do after the conference just got longer and longer.
When the conference was over, did I take a nice break to celebrate my success before diving back into work? To be honest, not really. I had to jump right into my to-do list and work on post-conference items. It has been two weeks since the conference and you know what? I am still pretty exhausted! And my productivity has suffered. Why do I feel so burned out? Well, I didn’t schedule time to relax and recuperate after doing something hard. The time I should have spent relaxing and rejuvenating would have likely made me more productive in the last few weeks. But it didn’t seem smart, so I didn’t do it. Oops, my mistake.
What can you learn from my recent experience?
If you don’t take a bit of a break between finishing your law school exams and studying for the bar exam, you will likely start to suffer from burnout. This is going to make your exam studying much more challenging, make you less productive, and also likely increase your anxiety. None of these are good things.
What can you do about it? Schedule some time off! I know money is tight for folks, but even getting out of your house to go hiking a few days in a row would be a great break. Or go visit family. Do something other than sitting in front of a computer and thinking about the law. Clear your head. Celebrate your success of being done with law school. The bar exam study period will be waiting for you when you return and there is plenty of time to prepare for it. Taking a break will actually help make you a better bar studier and have a more productive bar study process. Burnout during the studying process will just slow you down and make this whole process more difficult.
Remember, take care of yourself! You are only as good a bar taker as the body and mind that shows up that day. You deserve a break. Graduating from law school is an amazing thing. Enjoy the moment. There will be plenty of time to study for the bar exam.
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