Yesterday was my day off (we get a whole day off every 6 days can you believe it!?) and I made full use of it!
I started bright and early with blogging and emailing. Last month while I was on research, I took advantage of sleeping in many days. While this is wonderful, I found myself losing so much productivity during the day. I am not a night person, so regardless of the time I wake up in the morning, by 6 or 7 pm I am done with anything productive and only awake for the purpose of hanging out with Kyle, mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, or reading. Turns out, when you don’t get out of bed until 8-9am, you lose A TON of the day! I couldn’t figure out why my days were going by so fast until I realized- by not getting up at 5 I was missing 3-4 hours of productivity each day!
No more I say! I am getting up early and taking advantage of those precious early morning hours. They are my favorite time to get things done and I can’t believe I let them go for a month. Terrible mistake.
Breakfast was the last little sliver of quiche, a hot dog (last one- those were good!), a few slices of tomato, and some more veggies.
After working around the house for the morning I left to go to a spinning class at the gym. It’s been too long since my last spin class!
We had 8 stages of the class, 3 of those being big hills, and the last one a 4 minute TABATA. It was pretty great!
After spinning I quickly showered and threw together some lunch. I wanted to use up the last of my homemade mayo, so I thought tuna salad would be a good lunch. Finding a can of tuna without soy as an ingredient was surprisingly difficult.
But I finally found one 🙂
I mixed up the tuna, mayo, a little mustard, carrots, celery, 1/2 apple, and some sunflower seeds and served it over some greens- super easy and delicious!
I was still hungry after that so I had 1/2 a sweet potato. Then, I packed up and left the house to go study for a bit. My goal this month is to study for 2 hours every day I have off as well as pre and post-call days. It was rainy and cold, which is the perfect study weather.
I bundled up, got a big coffee, and set my phone alarm for 2 hours.
It’s amazing how much you can get done when you eliminate distractions. I wouldn’t let myself check FB or IG for those 2 hours, and I rocked through an entire chapter.
Before I knew it, it was 5:30 and I was hungry for dinner. I cooked up a huge piece of salmon on the stove (only ate half) and made some zucchini noodles to go alongside.
By 8:30 I was in bed, reading a little bit of my new book:
It’s a short history of medicine and got great reviews, so for $6 I bought it for my kindle app on my phone/ipad. I’ve always wanted to be knowledgeable about the history of medicine (it’s so fascinating!!)
Do you have tricks to eliminate distractions and make yourself more productive?
Do you like to work or study on rainy days?