Q:Did you ever procrastinate in med school? You probably didn't, but do you have any advice for one who puts off things until the last minute!?!
Howdy, Silver Snail.
The procrastination question always makes me smile… and it makes Mrs. Cranquis roll her eyes and mumble things like, “Oh, they have NO idea"…
Besides the “positive/negative thoughts” mentioned under that link, here’s what worked best for getting ME off of my lazy tuckus when I’d come down with a serious case of Sofa Spud during med school:
- Write down a list of various things I’d like to be doing instead of homework. This included quick things (check email), medium-length (read a chapter in a fiction book), and me-love-it-long-time length (play Half-Life or Age of Empires until sleep sets it).
- Write down a list of the things that a hypothetically-responsible adult would do today. This usually included: review 30+ minutes for each lecture I had today, preview 15-30 minutes for each lecture I will have tomorrow, and study 60+ minutes for any class that has an upcoming exam/quiz. (During the clinical years, this became: 15+ minutes looking up necessary info on each patient I am managing in the hospital right now, 60+ minutes doing general reading on topics in the current rotation to prepare for that rotation’s exams.)
- Then, hold mental negotiations, deciding which items from List 1 would serve as rewards for completing X number of items from List 2.
- Now here are the 2 Key Rules that had to be used to make this system work: (Rule 1) I had to actually complete stuff in List 2 before doing ANYTHING in List 1, no matter how “small” of a List 1 item it was, and (Rule 2) I had to be willing to give up List 1 items for the day, if I wasn’t getting all of List 2 done before sleepy-times.
(That 2nd rule was the hardest one to obey, and took time to become a regular way of thinking. But like any skill, the Skill of De-Procrastination can be learned and improved, with dedication and practice and a healthy fear of failure.) :)
My mademoiselle, be gentle, speak softly and listen more. Count your blessings, not your problems. Fill yourself up with love instead of hate. Anyone who takes the time to be kind will always be beautiful. Fall in love with the intangible; art, music, romantic anthologies, good memories, knowledge, experiences. Surround yourself with people who offer unconditional love and support. Never look down upon anyone, unless it is to help them up. You mustn’t ever forget we are all the same, we simply occupy different forms. When you judge others, you do not define them, you depict a reflection of who you really are. Teach how to think, not what to think. These things are important. They will help you grow into a woman someday.
Confidence isn’t walking into a room with your nose in the air, and thinking you are better than everyone else, it’s walking into a room and not having to compare yourself to anyone else in the first place.
Life in Transit
Social Media Issues
So I logged out from my instagram account and promised myself to never log in for a “long period of time” … Maybe I’ll be back, but only when its a break from school.
I also adjusted my privacy settings on facebook and made it more private than ever. I’ve been thinking of deactivating facebook, but it is also a need when it comes to school assignments and announcements therefore I cant. I’ll be limiting my posts on facebook therefore only a few can see them too.
IT IS HERE…HERE I WILL BE ACTIVE! here I will be more active than ever. Here I’ll post updates and all the good things about life, no negativity…hehehe
So there it is.
Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for the great.