The only thing I remember from law school is my negotiations professor saying this in class randomly:
“Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.”
It’s so true. Is bar preparation worth doing? Then it’s worth doing right.
We know that we must enjoy the process (not merely fixate on the goal of passing the bar) for sustainable momentum.
Just as what’s enjoyable is personal, bar prep is also personal.
After all, you’re the “dean of your own studies.” You’re ultimately responsible for learning the material as well as the skills to apply the material.
By now, you’re filled with determination to study and get this thing over with… but how? Where do you even begin?
You may be lost and not sure where to start heading from here. Like you just ran into a dead end in an unfamiliar part of town and your phone’s about to die (which is why I finally got a charger for my car after months of denial about how good my phone’s battery actually is).
Here’s a first step that will narrow down your routes and simplify the sudoku of choices…
First, you need a study plan. Plan before you need to. If it’s not in your bar study plan, it’s not happening.
I’ll show you how to craft a flexible timeline that works for you. Not the other way around. Not a strict preordained prophecy you must realize to open the iron gates into the bar.
Because if a study schedule is for everybody, then it’s for nobody.
As we reflect on Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Sexy Saturday (that’s today), some difficult questions in life:
How do I get these damn wrinkles out of my dress shirts? (guy problems)
Do #nomakeup selfies actually involve makeup? Women, please be honest and tell me the truth (guy problems)
Effort doesn’t necessarily bring results. How do I achieve the desired results?
“Generally bad” things can sometimes be good. Normally you don’t want to be dry humped from behind while simultaneously and pumped in the solar plexus by a stranger unless you’re choking or at a middle-school dance (what’s wrong with today’s youth).
Likewise, “generally good” things can be bad for you. Water is like the holy grail of our solar system (have you seen the NASA budget?), but it will kill you if you dip your face in it for a couple minutes.
It’s not about moderation. I hate the phrase “everything in moderation, including moderation” because that basically gives me no guidance. Does it mean it’s OK to do whatever I feel like as long as I don’t do too much of it? Why do I need to moderate? How much is “just enough”? You can’t get any less specific than “moderation.”
Rather, desired results come from doing the right things at the right time. At that point, quantity or moderation matters much less than what, when and how you do something.