Thursday Born

The everyday life of a psychiatry resident (who was born on a Thursday).

Saying No to Myself.

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For the most part, I’m a really mellow person. I’m also a big procrastinator, but I always make my deadlines; I just cut it very, very close. Obviously I’m not a complete good-for-nothing slacker, but I’m definitely not a member of the neurotic, Type A medical student club.

I’m not sure I’m entirely Type B though. When I get an idea in my head (“Oh hey! I should put up that last curtain!”) then I really, really just want to do it. Right now! This is how most of my random cooking or craft projects happen. I see a nifty recipe online and I must try it asap! So I do.

Unfortunately, I’m still at a point in life where I have exams every 4-12 weeks, and sometimes those exams are only three days away. In which case, as much as I really, really want to put up that last curtain, I’ve learned to say to myself “No, that curtain can wait till after my Shelf exam.” And for the most part, I don’t dwell on it and I can get back to studying.

(But it would only take like, a half hour! Argh.)

Written by Aba

January 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm

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  1. This is the big challenge with being a resident – I no longer have a q4-12week exam to motivate me, so I need to draw on my inner reserves to say “No, I will study instead of reading blogs/watching tv/playing with cats/playing games on my iPhone.” In some ways I wish I had the pressure that comes from regularly being examined, instead of just the vague dread of a licensing exam that is over 2 years away.

    Solitary Diner

    January 24, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    • Haha, yeah, that’s going to be a big problem for me once I’m a resident! I’m really, really trying to pick up that whole “read an hour of something medical every day” habit that I know will be invaluable once I no longer have such frequent exams, but I haven’t made it stick yet. =/ It’s really hard for me to study without pressure (as evidenced by how hard it is for me to seriously study several weeks before an exam).


      January 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  2. Yeah, working way in advance of deadlines has its advantages, though it is wholly contrary to my nature as well. What I try to do is separate the amorphous task at hand (write a review paper) into discreet hour to two hour goals (read abstracts numbered 1-80 in the pubmed search “glioblastoma nanoparticle,” quickly summarize useful articles in a few sentences and add to endnote library), and tackle those in turn. That way, there are far less ignore-food-and-sleep-and-fun-and-twitter periods, and if I feel like blowing 15 minutes researching the passat or watching the Ghana game while I work, I can :-) (this is definitely a do as I say not as I always do comment, as my success varies).


    January 25, 2012 at 8:03 am

    • I do try to break things down into tasks, but I still find that by a week or two before my exam, I’m never quite where I wanted to be. >< I guess I make minor improvements to my technique each time around though!


      January 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm

  3. Could be genetic!


    January 25, 2012 at 9:55 am

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