I am pretty obsessed with mini-post-it notes… and leaving little surprises for people to start their day with [since I get to work way before anyone else]. Hence, today’s inane image of the day:
I like leaving little notes with fun facts or quotes like the one shown above for my co-workers.
Everyone hits a wall of non-productivity every once in a while — sometimes it is just hard to find a reason to keep studying, working or doing menial tasks around the house. Admittedly, I find that this slump comes around a lot more often than I’d like — without deadlines or someone breathing down my back, I find that procrastination gets the better of me and I end up scrambling at the last minute to finish tasks.
I don’t believe that anyone truly “works better under pressure” — sure, you may have more adrenaline surging through your vessels, which could make you more efficient in your work, but in the end, who wants the extra stress of an upcoming deadline?
As the years have passed, I have found techniques to keep chugging on. The best thing I’ve discovered is just learning more about my optimal conditions — I hate to admit my caffeine addition, but without this wonder drug, I doubt that I could even get the most basic tasks done. Sure, in middle school or something I was able to do homework and and such without caffeine, but that was way before real life started [shhh don’t tell anyone that my actual reason for going to medical school was to avoid being a real person out in the scary world… jk]. With every passing year comes more responsibility — for example, when we were given the ability to drive we become responsible for our own livelihood and others that we encounter on the road. Someday, I’ll look back on this entry and laugh at how simple my life is today — I’m single, without child and without a full-time profession. Anyway, caffeine is a must.
Also, I am happiest when surrounded by other people [yes, definitely a huge reason why medicine made sense to me] [this does not mean I work well in study groups, however — I get to be too chatty and no one ever gets anything done…]. This generally means that if I have to study that it’s best for me to go to my favorite bustling coffeeshop or cafe. True, people tend to be distracting at times, but it really helped me 4 summers ago when I was studying Organic Chemistry to just look up from the dizzying number of reactions and people-watch. It’s like coming up for a breath of fresh air.
Another thing I mentioned recently, is that I love mornings. ‘Nuff said.
I need to stock up on these little techniques to get me through the rest of my medical training — I really don’t want to come out on the other end completely jaded. How do you find inspiration?
P.S. WHY WAS IT HUMID AND GROSS OUTSIDE AT 6AM?! Bah! Bring back last week’s beautiful weather!