My fashion sense depends completely on my mood. If I’m feeling good, I make an effort to look good. Otherwise, I don’t really care whether my clothes make me look fat or not if they’re comfortable. I’ve made my peace with the fact that I’m a girl who likes to eat and hates exercising. Pokémon Go notwithstanding.
1.) Watching white paint dry: Not kidding. My friend repainted a part of her wall which had been taken over by fungus (ah, monsoon magic!) with white anti fungal paint. I had a Surgery test the next day. I spent at least half an hour watching that freshly painted wall and imagining all the fungal spores dying. It was so satisfying, it inspired this post.
2.) Cleaning my room: This is my go-to thing to do when I don’t actually want to study but I still want to feel like I accomplished something.
3.) Talk to my neighbours: I’m at my most social when I have to do something that I don’t want to do. That works both ways; it lets me participate in a communal whining about exams, but also motivates me to study when I see other people studying.
4.) Watch a soap opera in a language I don’t understand: What can I say? It was on in the TV room, and I watched the entire episode and got way too emotionally involved. Which also brings us too…
5.) Watch a sport that I don’t understand: See above.
It’s not that I don’t enjoy studying. I love what I do and I’m grateful that I’m living my dream. It’s just that when you’ve been giving exams on and off for three months, you get tired of the entire exercise. I like to study without feeling like I have to write a paper on it, and I learn the most in the hospital. I have my preliminary exams in 19 days, which means I should technically be studying now. I guess I should add one more thing on the list. :-S
I had a dentist’s appointment this Tuesday. Suffice to say, it was not pleasant. I’ve seen my fair share of accidents and amputations and serious surgeries in the hospital, but there’s something about allowing someone else to pull and jab at your gums that just shakes you up.
Also, that drill? *brrrr*
When I was previously faced by an unpleasant situation, Foxtrot showed me the way. So, naturally, I turned to it again.
All students will attest to the fact that it is much easier to get things done when you’re desperate.
As an example, I had two weeks to prepare for yesterday’s Community Medicine test. I was so determined to do well that I began my preparations at full speed the day the test was announced. That speed fizzled out rapidly and completely in a day. Two weeks is a long time, I told myself. I have so much time to study; I don’t need to push myself.
Before I knew it, it was Saturday. The test was two days away. I’d accomplished about 10% of what I needed to do for the test in fourteen days. I got done with the rest of the 90% in two.
So this is my Totally Non- Scientific Theory for this Tuesday: Efficiency is directly proportional to urgency, because somewhere in the back of your mind, you know you can get away with a little bit of procrastination, even if you shouldn’t. You know that adrenaline and the caffeine molecule are responsible for all the good that you’ve ever accomplished in your life.