Some days typically come with a strain. This is true for whatever field one might be involved in.
My colleagues and I for example, don’t always have the stamina and willpower to tackle the challenges, of reading seemingly monotonous literature in our Medical studies. This nontheless, has to be overcome, if we are to achieve our dreams and become competent doctors.
I am still in the early days of the field-but here is a list of simple lessons I have learnt that get me through. Each I believe-applicable in other areas of life as well.
1. TIME MANAGEMENT
Time is everything. Any second lost, will never be recouped.
Say an oral exam in anatomy is around the corner: Preparation becomes the most vital element.
Last minute all-nighters, only marginally help-are however an unnecessary risk and stress to put oneself through, due to the immense volumes. Any piece of information ingested in this rush to cover ground, generally only becomes a part of the short-term memory-which in turn translates to another stressful period when preparing for the boardexams.
The initial procrastination, causes a vicious cycle of trying to get things done in a hurry, which in-turn leads to nearly-going-mad experiences and burn-out. Regret becomes the only emotion, one is left with.
Similarly, in life, time management is essential. Think of the numerous institutions that require that time be taken seriously.
Whether it be payements that have to be made, meetings that have to be attended or flight time, order universally dictates that a certain allocated time be synonymous with the event itself.
A delay in payements for instance, causes penalties, meetings missed require lengthy explanations as everyone else gets held up(tempers may flare) and late arrivals for flights, leave one stranded.
Doctor Seuss once stated:
“How did it get so late so soon?”
I have learnt that I certainly don’t want to utter these words of regret,
College life can be very distracting. There always are these characters, who come-up with the craziest ideas imaginable. These, coupled with a new-found freedom away from home, could lead anyone into forsaking a lifelong dream for a sporadic moment of pleasure. The all too famous abbreviation doing its rounds these days becoming the mainstay of conversations-‘YOLO,’ You Only Live Once.
I am not condemning the occasional unwinding. I however believe, that unwinding doesn’t consist of every single day.
Simply put, if you really want something, you should be able to sacrifice some pleasures for your goals.
I have personally seen several friends drop out of the course because of a backload-caused by previously overindulging where they could have done without. Clara Barton hit the nail on the head…
No single human being can do everything perfectly-everything alone. We all have our strengths, which we can use for the benefit of others.
Study groups have helped me not only improve my fluency in portraying points-of-view, but through this sharing, comes an additional advantage of understanding the material better, as seen from another’s point-of-view.
This teamwork is basically reflective of the everyday aspect of life.
Consider the bicycle. Without the chain, we wouldn’t be able to propel an uphill motion. The chain itself is made of smaller parts.
Even a Basketball team has many members- the pointguard can’t play alone.
As Helen Keller put it..
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
4. TAKING ONE DAY AT A TIME.
We sometimes tend to over-emphasize on end-results, without considering the way which leads up-to. Having an overall idea of how all the pieces fit together is good-very good in fact. However, the here and now also counts.
Looking at a physiology textbook like Boron’s Medical Physiology for instance, and cowering at the thought of the workload that lies in reading through the pages is counter-productive.
Yes one has to work hard inorder to achieve something. Nothing worth having comes easy. Nothing worth having happens overnight. All can however, be achieved through systematically working, one bit at a time, until finally the task is completed.
Dealing with what you can right now, always sums up in the end, to accomplishing the bigger picture.
C.S. Lewis says..
“What saves a man is to take a step, then another step.”
We are not machines. A person cannot sit at a desk the whole day long and expect to maintain a steady workrate, taking in all the information like a sponge. Our minds tire and begin to wander, our muscles crave some stretching and our psychological well being craves contact with other beings.
Organizing one’s time appropriately, being disciplined, working in a team, taking one day at a time-if all balanced-allow for that window of opportunity to simply let go.
Physical fitness refreshes our minds, stimulating our brains to remember things better. Our circulation system also benefits-our bodies remaining healthy. Further still, socializing with friends, going dancing or to a karaoke bar helps our psychological wellbeing.
Inorder to bring our A-games, we basically need to be rested and ready to go.
As Roald Dahl put it..
“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest of men.”
I am however, still learning day by day what works for me. Discovering my limits and motivations on this stage we call life.
Maybe you have other tips/lessons from your daily endeavours.
I would love to hear these in the comment section below.
Wish you a splendid time.