A goal without a plan is just a wish
October 5, 2015 § 1 Comment
Four hours spent prepping food for the week has earned me a glass of red wine while I finish up my study tasks for the night. Food prep never feels worth it when you’re actually doing it, which is disappointing. It will be very nice though when I have to spend 0 minutes and 0 money on food this week. I made coconut protein pancakes for breakfast (with enough left over for small meals if need be – or for the hungry boyfriend who goes sneaking for snacks) and 7 portions of chicken breast, green beans and sweet potatoes. Riveting post by this point!
I have two posts that I want to write as soon as I have enough time. The first is pictures and details from my mom’s visit earlier this month and the second is about an amazing day Skjalg and I had last week, one that I’m sure we’ll remember forever. Here’s a little teaser:
My future posts may become shorter and more frequent. With studying for classes, research, TAing, and starting to study for the USMLE (slowly!), I’m realizing that this is going to be another semester like the first semester of 3rd year – heavy and hectic! It really shouldn’t be, since 4th year is infamous for being the “easy, chill year”. Leave it to me to overcomplicate it ;). With so much occupying my mind, it’s not often that I find myself in a reflective mood – and therefore not very often I am inspired to write. But these days do as well hold memories that I will want to look back on later in life. The blog must go on!
This past weekend was spent finally getting into a study groove. On Saturday morning, I met with Andrea for a first ever study session at a local hole-in-the-wall coffee house. It’s never too late to get to know people you’ve “known” for years! We chatted for a short 3 hours and then agreed that it was time to get back to the books. I really admire her study style and didn’t hesitate to ask her how she does it. As we were talking, something clicked and I suddenly felt an extreme motivation to study – something I’ve been chasing since the beginning of the semester.
On Sunday, I made a study plan for the next month and a half or so. It’s quite ambitious, but it gives me an idea of what I should be aiming for each day – and that is important! Plus, it forces me to study for other classes than pharmacology – the big one this year. I’ve picked out days during the week for the various topics and then divided up the topics from the topic list for those days. Wednesdays are impossible – for example, 2 pharma topics, 6 derma topics, 6 pulmo topics and 5 cardio topics planned for this Wednesday alone – but I can use it gauge my progress and efficiency. If I only do 1 topic that whole day, something is wrong and I need to reevaluate my study methods!
Falling short on topics today! Hopefully all the time I saved by doing food prep will pay off later this week. Now, I’m going to finish my wine and review some images for radiology before I call it a night.