First don't panic....
You have not said what the question of your essay is.
But that does not really matter.
Some students even manage to write significantly longer works (e.g. dissertations and theses) in just a matter of days. Granted, they use most of their time each day to research and write.
First all essays usually conclude something. In order to conclude or prove something you must first start with a question.
So what is the question you wish to answer?
Next write down all of the things you know that can prove your point or answer the question you are asking.
Your procrastination has paid off and now is the time to figure out what your professor wants from you. Whip out those highlighters and take a look at the prompt. You don’t have time to study it carefully, but at least go through it once. As you read through it your first and final time, mark all the important things such as page requirements, specific questions that need answering and required sources. Be sure to know when, where and how to turn in your essay. You don’t want to be scrambling to print last minute.
write each point in a brief sentence. they do not need to be in any order or sequence - JUST WRITE DOWN YOUR THOUGHTS AS THEY COME TO YOU.
Next summarize your thoughts into groups. For example you might have several thoughts about the major religions in the world.
Under normal circumstances, you might devote several days to brainstorming a promising topic, and then you might write a detailed outline before writing and revising your essay over a week or two. When you are on a tight schedule, this is not possible.
You would group these thoughts together - got it?
Next you would put these groups into a logical order. For example, if you are discussing the history of Christianity, you would not discuss the prophets in the old testament after you discussed Jesus unless you are trying to see if the speeches Jesus made had their origins in what the prophets had said in the past.
You probably don’t know your specific topic yet, seeing as you just started. However, that shouldn’t limit your ability to make a plan of attack. Take a look at your highlights and generate an outline of the general items you need; “thesis” and “paragraph on context,” for example.
Does this make sense so far? Now you need an introduction. Basically you have to remember that an essay tells the reader what you are going to tell them (the introduction), then you tell them (the body of the essay), then you tell them what you told them (the conclusion or summary).
Finally, remember that “perfect is the enemy of good.” Manage your expectations. Your goal should be to write a good essay, not a perfect one. If you have a compelling hook and a well-organized flow of ideas, check your writing for errors, and then send it in.
You are lucky because you can use a word processing program to help you. These programs allow you to move your thoughts from one part of the essay to another. When I was a young boy (I graduated in 1964), we had to type all of our essays.
Whether you are writing a personal statement for a college or graduate school application, or an essay for a high school or college class, your assignment will have specific goals. Before you begin to write, review these goals. Clearly understanding your objective is essential when working with a shortened timeline.
If we made a mistake, we had to retype the paper!
Good luck to you. Take it in steps and you will do fine. Remember it took the United States only 6 years to figure out how to get a man on the moon then return him alive. You essay is not as difficult a project, so take it slow and you will be able to finish it before you know it.