Tuesday, October 31, 2006

how to pull an all nighter

As a tribute to everyone who's currently studying for end of year exams (except Dunja), here's a "how to" tutorial found on wikihow that you might find useful...

  1. Actually do your darn work. Plenty of times, you get sidetracked. Avoid this by setting a constant pace for yourself: 50 minutes of work, and a 10 minute break. Besides, keeping your mind occupied will make it easier to stay awake.
  2. Avoid caffeine, if possible. See warnings for why. Drink 2 brimming glasses of ice cold water every 30 minutes. Not only will the cold keep you awake, but you'll need to urinate very often. It's difficult to sleep on the toilet.
  3. Play (softly, if you have a roommate) a fast-paced, grating music. You may enjoy it, but it must be, at all costs, harsh and a bit unrythmic. This will keep you from being lulled to sleep.
  4. Work with windows open: cold air will keep you awake. Warm air knocks you out.
  5. If using a computer, set your computer screen to a lower setting, (duller and darker) so as not to strain your eyes. See warnings for why.
  6. Turn off Instant Messengers, the TV, and do not surf the internet or read, draw, etc. In fact, pinch yourself if you do. Pain is a good discontinuer.
  7. Do not work in bed, on a couch, or on the floor. If it is any other place than a cold, hard table and chair, you will feel very tempted to sleep. If possible, work somewhere far away from your room/bed, so it's a pain to go back and sleep. Try to be around some other people so you do not feel comfortable sleeping in your chair.
  8. If you're going to nap, set a timer. Don't nap for more than 20 minutes, and stay half-awake. See warnings for why.
  9. Rotate subjects every hour. You'll quickly mentally wear out on one topic.
  10. Work through it all. If you have time at the end, pack up your stuff, lay out your clothes, then set your alarm as late as possible, to achieve the most possible sleep.
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Anonymous said...

um ok re: #3....so you sit down to urinate?...always suspected as much

newsman said...

or just do speed ...

mark robert allen said...

but then you'd be sittin in your room tripping out because you're not tripping out.