Most days wearing something other than workout clothes feels like an accomplishment. I have a flexible schedule which I am trying to soak up now before I start clinical rotations, but somehow the days always manage to get jam packed. Mornings are rushed, sleep is at a premium, and I’m always wishing I had more time. Aren’t we all?
Even though I don’t always go to morning classes, I usually have to be at school at least some point throughout the day. And those all-too-often crazy days where I’m running around all day can leave me frazzled! I have to be better about making the most out of my days this year — there just isn’t any time to lose when you’ve got tests almost every week and boards looming over your head.
Instead of frazzled, I like to feel on top of things. Like I’ve got it together, at least a little bit. Fake it till you make it!
Here are 5 ways I crush busy days:
- Schedule the heck out of them! I have a color-coded calendar on my computer and my school schedule is synced to the calendar on my phone. On extra busy days I write out everything I need to get done on a piece of paper too, because check lists feel good. I even schedule in my study time, because seeing that I have time to study makes me less anxious!
2. Workout in the morning! I love lazy slow mornings, but I love morning workouts just as much. I love the energy they give me and the accomplishment I feel before the day really starts. Plus, breaking up an afternoon of studying with a gym run and shower really interrupts my progress.
3. Pack lunch and snacks. Packing my food helps in so many ways — it saves time when I don’t have to go out to buy food during the day, it saves money, and it is usually healthier! But the key thing is to pack lots of snacks too — always more than you think you’ll need. I like to bring a combo of sweet and savory, like almonds, cheese, fruit, and some chocolate. I like options and hate spending money at vending machines when I inevitably get hungry.
4. Use the little bits of down time wisely. This is one thing I talked about at my meeting with the learning specialist. Part of doing well on boards this spring is going to be using my time better. We frequently have awkward breaks in school — 15 or 20 minutes between classes, 35 minutes before a meeting, etc. That’s not enough time to get significant studying done, so usually we just talk to friends or mess around on the internet.
Instead, I’m trying to use that time for quick bursts of studying. I can do a set of practice problems or review my flashcards. If nothing else I can get through some emails and check that off my list! The little bits of time really do add up.
5. Bring coffee. ALWAYS bring coffee! Even if I think I’m not tired, I can always use a little (or a lot of) caffeine during long lectures. If it’s a busy on-the-go day, Dixie To Go Cups are a lifesaver. Regular travel mugs are great, but having to carry them around the rest of the day isn’t fun. Plus, I always end up spilling the little bits of leftover coffee all over my bag. Far too many books have been ruined with coffee stains before!
Dixie To Go Cups hold in heat and seal well, plus they are recyclable when I’m finished! That’s one less stressor (and bag clean up) in my day. And I’ll take everything I can get!
- What are your tips to help get through busy days? Anything I should start doing?
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