Wow- SO much to update you on. So much wedding stuff, med school stuff (this is match week for all the 4th years, except me because ophtho is early match), selling my house stuff, cooking stuff, working out stuff, all good stuff!
But before I go into all of that, I want to finish up this youtube video I made by blogging a little bit more about the topic.
Here’s the video:[youtube.come=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uUCJjsCxgU]
In this vlog, I talk a lot about scheduling my days and scheduling my study time. I find it keeps me on track, helps me accomplish what I need to accomplish throughout the day, and alleviates stress because I’m not constantly worrying about what I have to do.
Before I go to bed, I make a schedule in my phone or in my planner for the next day.
It always looks something like this: (this is a made up plan- but is generally what I do)
- 5am-6 workout
- 6-7 shower/get ready/emails
- 7-7:30 breakfast and pack lunch
- 7:30 leave house
- 8-11 class
- 11-12 finish reading radiology chapter 7
- 12-1 lunch/emails
- 1-2 class
- 2:30- home
- 3-6 STUDY
- 6-7 dinner
- 7-8 emails
- 8-9 read/kyle/bed
I made schedules like this in college too. Having your time planned out keeps you productive and on task (at least for me).
Sometimes I don’t go hour by hour and just give myself an outline of what I need to study and what else I need to do that day:
Now for my study schedules!
I LOVE making study schedules. I always make them when I’m studying for more than an hour or two. In college, I always studied in a classroom with a whiteboard, so I would write my schedule on the white board in the bottom corner. In med school, I spent a lot of time studying at Starbucks and so I would write out my schedule in the corner of my paper.
Here’s the schedule I was talking about in the video above:
I plan out my study time by the hour and stick to my schedule until that study session is over! If I finish a task before the hour is up, I use that extra time as a break. Let’s say I finish biology at 6:45, well then I would get 15 minutes of Facebook or texting- stuff like that!
I also schedule in time for breaks like dinner. If I don’t use all my break time (say, it only takes me 20 minutes to eat dinner but I’ve scheduled an hour dinner) I will either get a jump start on the next hour task, or finish up anything remaining from the previous hour.
Every hour, I cross out what I’ve accomplished on the list, or put a big check next to it. It’s little things like that that help keep you motivated to keep studying for a few more hours 🙂
My life as a fourth year is significantly more relaxed than it was in college or in the first 2 years of medical school. I don’t have to schedule out my study time as much and I don’t always schedule my days. When I don’t want to schedule everything but I still need to be moderately productive, I will make daily or weekly goals. I will tell myself, “I don’t care when I do this, but I must do x,y and z before the end of the week”.
That gives me flexibility but still makes sure I get done what needs to be done. On this day I had a shift in the ER from 10-7 but I needed to make sure to get 2 other things done at some point during the day:
And there you have it! My tips for time management! I’m not perfect, and definitely waste hours and hours every week! But I try!
Hope this helps you out! How do you manage your time?