As a grad student I'm a lot better about planning than I was as an undergrad. I tend to be a morning person now and I don't find I'm able to get a lot done by staying up all night. BUT right now it's crunch time, as I'm writing general exams (I just came on lj to ask this question, I swear!).
I have finished two of my essays, 3/4 of the third, and about half way through the fourth. I'm not writing as fast as I should be (writing quickly has never been one of my strengths). I also still need to be mentally alert enough to do a final proofreading and bibliography copying-and-pasting. My exam is due in 17 hours (if I don't sleep at all between now and then- I will probably at least nap for a couple of hours).
The advice I need from you fellow grad students is how to best get through the night and get this done! My body handles caffeine well, but unfortunately that doesn't mean that it always keeps me awake (I'll still fall asleep, but will just have nightmares and twitch!).I find if I drink cold things that helps keep me awake. I need to invest in some energy drinks that won't make me tense and anxious, but will get me through. Luckily there's a Safeway all of 30 seconds from my apartment, and I can also send my husband out to buy these things for me.
My mental state is pretty good (did some yoga this morning) and I'm happy with my essays so far, but I'm worried I actually lack the adrenaline to make these the best they can be in the time I have left. Advice is greatly appreciated! (Brands, staying awake methods, etc.).
Okay, internet break over! I'll check this in a few hours before I go to the store for my stims. (Oh, and no Ritalin suggestions, please- I don't have access and I'm not about to jump on that weird bandwagon anyway).