I most likely wouldn’t be posting the desktop timer on my laptop until about 2-3 weeks before the bar exam because it seemed to help motivate me during crunch time, but I probably wouldn’t advocate posting a timer any sooner. When I go visit certain blogs that have timers posted on their blogs, it makes my blood pressure rise like nothing else, so I can only imagine it has the same effect on many of my readers.
I went swimming today over lunch hour. I’ve been fortunate enough to find not one, but three fellow avid summers (and attorneys!) who I’ve been swimming with the last several months, so I always have someone to go swimming with over lunch hour. It really helps motivate me to exercise and get in shape, and it will help ensure that I continue exercising through the next couple of months. In past bar exam administrations, I would resolve to exercise but then the stress and panic would get to me and I’d stop exercising, so I inevitably gained a few pounds from sitting around and stress eating. So of course I’d feel worse.
It really helps having swimming buddies to go with because if I’ve made plans to meet them at a specific time, I can’t just blow them off like I could blow off swimming if I was on my own. If I make plans, it guarantees that I’ll go. All 3 of my swimming buddies recently went out of town for the holidays, and I went swimming only once in 2 weeks. I was surprised at how crappy I felt, so I’ve definitely resolved not to let that happen again, especially not in the dwindling weeks before the bar.