Over the past few weeks, several B-Schools like Harvard Business School, Wharton, Stanford, Columbia and Sloan have announced their MBA application deadlines and essay questions for 2014-15 application season. How should you go about picking which B-School to start with? Have you started doing the groundwork for B-Schools like finding admission requirements, required essays, selection criteria, class profile and required GMAT Score? If yes, have you shortlisted the B-Schools as per your profile and requirement?

If you still haven’t narrowed down the list of B-Schools, this B-School Selector tool will help you to find the list of B-Schools you have a good shot at.

Since you still have three or four months for majority of the Round 1 deadlines, start narrowing down the list of B-Schools and start drafting the essay questions. Even if you intend to wait few more months to begin drafting your essays, letting ideas brew back of your mind in the meantime can only help you come up with more possibilities for compelling themes. At least by drafting essays now you may be able to leverage some content like your short term and long term goals and so forth.

While drafting essays, make sure that you are within the word count limit and that you have told the story of your achievement in a compelling way.

This process is about creating momentum to carry yourself during coming weeks.

Remember: “The most effective way to do it is to do it.”