Year two is getting heavy. This past week consisted of lectures, labs, a simulation, a wedding in Nashville, and finally an exam yesterday. This next week holds even more: three meetings, many lectures, two labs, another exam, Osteoblast (event to introduce all of the first years to the various clubs on campus), our first PM&R club meeting, and a practical exam. The following week looks about the same. And I assume all the rest after that – until Christmas.
Some of the pictures I took for Instagram last week:
I’m not sure about you, but I actually prefer to be busy. I have more focus when I don’t leave myself too much down time for my mind to wander. I enjoy the pace of always having a next task to complete. And when we are talking about medical school, I really enjoy that time seems to pass more quickly when you stay busy. Hopefully, the next time I look up I will be starting rotations!
I was always interested by the notion that stress is essential to productivity. Did you know that in 1908 Robert Yerkes and John Dodson of Harvard University published a paper showing that a moderate amount of anxiety increases performance? However, they noticed that after a certain threshold of anxiety was surpassed performance begins to decrease. Yerkes and Dodson were the first to show that stress improves productivity – and it was over 100 years ago! I know I try to harness the benefits of moderate stress by drinking coffee and procrastinating…I’m not sure that’s what they had in mind, but it seems to follow their line of thought 🙂
However, as a recent article in the Wall Street Journal noted, “[Beneficial stress] can be tricky to achieve. Some overly optimistic people and those with attention-deficit hyperactive disorder may lack enough anxiety to take action. Others—mostly procrastinating perfectionists—must create anxiety-producing situations in order to get anything done.” I think I am definitely the latter type of person. That must be why I need a more demanding schedule to stay engaged and productive.
I hope this informative bit will help you maximize your productivity! A big thank you to Yerkes and Dodson.
Knowledge is power.
Keep it real.