Daily positive impacts

I’m currently sitting at our first-year study space, trying to get through the genetics learning goals, and decided to be a bit naughty and procrastinate by blogging. It is Sunday after all, so I thought I’d update you on what I’ve found has made the most positive impact this week on my revising.

My current setup. Notice the medicinal dictionary I've used to prop up my computer to be at eye-level. Some next level tech right here.

My current setup. Notice the medicinal dictionary I've used to prop up my computer to be at eye-level. Some next level tech right here.

  1. Getting some time in the sun every day. As the days get gradually longer and longer, I can feel myself getting more and more energy. Making time for at least one proper walk each day is one of my number one priorities.
  2. Staying active! Sitting in the same chair and reading the same material over and over can be draining. Therefore, I try to get at least some exercise each day, to break up the monotony.
  3. Making time for friends and family. It doesn’t have to be all day, but at least having something nice to look forward to each day has been a huge motivational boost for me. Here are some pictures from when I visited my sister yesterday, and got to see my cousin’s lovely dwarf chickens. They’ve grown so much since the last time that I saw them! (Check out this blog post to see them as little baby chickens.)
  4. Commiserating with the other students about how hard some of the things on the syllabus are. Misery does indeed love company, and it’s been so reassuring to know I’m not the only one struggling.
  5. Reading at school instead of in the apartment. This has made the biggest difference. Sitting in this quiet study space means I have to make less noise, and move around less, thus giving me no other option than to get to work, and eventually get into a flow state.

Other than that, I got a great suggestion over on my last blog post to try out the Calm app and website for some relaxing mindfulness, so I think I’m going to try that later this evening. You’ll have to excuse these pre-exam blogpost being a bit shorter than usual. I have a bunch of ideas for longer form content to write after the exam, so look forward to February’s content!