HAPPY NEW YEAR! When I started this blog back in 2016, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to keep this up throughout my entire time as a veterinary student. However, here we are, in 2018, and I still find that posting on this website is one of the most rewarding aspects of life as a vet student.
You guys know I’m all for changing things up throughout the year, but seeing as the new year is a time for reflection for most of us, I thought I’d share one of the exercises I did on January 1st.
Inspired by Tim Ferriss' “Past Year Review”, I try to figure out what 20% of my work provided 80% of my study comprehension. Conversely, I also write down which of my study methods gave the lowest ROI, meaning; what did I invested a ton of time into that didn’t pan out?
To give you an example, at the start of the year I made these huge documents going over all the “learning goals” of each subtopic in Cell Biology. Not only did diving into insane levels of detail take up a bunch of my time, it also left me feeling as if my work was never finished.
Something I did realize however was when I simplified my drawings and made mind maps to go with them, I could remember far more of what I’d studied than when I was simply trying to memorize text.
Hence, a simple illustration that would take me about 5 minutes draw, or a detailed mind map that would take me around an hour to finish would both give a far better return on investment than a 30-page document that would take days to research and write.
So go ahead and try it out for yourself!
1. Go through your documents/notes from January-December 2017
2. Make two columns labelled “Do more of” and “Do less of”, and figure out what worked, and what didn’t
Also, thank you so much for your patience during my time off blogging in December. Seeing that people visited the website, and read the backlog while I studied for my Anatomy and Physiology exam warmed my heart, and I greatly appreciate the messages I got while I was away. I have a bunch of brand new and exciting content planned for the coming months, so be on the lookout every Wednesday and Sunday for new blog posts. It’s good to be back!