Thursday, July 22, 2010

being vs doing

oh, i wasn't kidding when i wished for a 26-hour day just 2 weeks ago! i would fill one of those extra hours with sleep, and the other with more work. wait, maybe 30 minutes of work and 30 minutes of cooking dinner.

although last night's solution to the limited hour problem was pretty tasty:

chipotle certainly works in a pinch.

seriously, though, i'm getting to the point where there is nothing i really want to streamline out of my day, and yet i am having trouble fitting everything in.

priorities: an honest ordered list:
clinical work
running/working out
board prep
the rest of my social life
relaxation (reading, tv, etc)

research probably should be higher than 'blog' on this list, but i said i was being honest! of course, these items may shift depending on deadlines and such, but this is how my heart would put things in order. with this list in front of me, i would say that i'm doing a pretty good job living by my priorities, although i wish i got to spend more time with family (r: if you are reading this (though you probably aren't), i mean it!)

clearly i want to get everything in, but as long as i am truly present in the things that i am doing, it doesn't matter if every box gets checked off within a particular time frame (as satisfying as that can be).

anyway. as usual, zen habits knocked it out of the park with an excellent post to this effect yesterday. the post is "how to be insanely productive and still keep smiling", and the overall gist is that productivity is more about how one chooses to be than what one chooses to do. i definitely recommend checking out the article -- the author says it much better than i ever could!

happy thursday (not happy almost-friday, but happy today.) off to run! oh, and i loved seeing your music choices from yesterday. so many good suggestions -- i want to check out the magnetic zeros, gypsy kings, and ray lamontagne now.

a interesting exercise, if you want to play: what would you do with an extra 2 hours to your day?



workout: 30 minutes elliptical (levels 9-12) + 30 minutes weights (mostly legs, but with some pushups, abs, and back thrown in!).

a take-out treat: as long as it's not a regular habit, take-out can be a nice break from cooking on days like yesterday when i just did NOT have it in me to slice, dice, and especially clean up.

burrito bowl to the rescue!

this giant veggie/cheese/guac/rice/bean/salsa bowl and i called it a tie -- meaning, i saved half to take for lunch with me today! oh yeah.

i supplemented with some chips. and this guy:

josh and i went to the brewery in kona during our honeymoon! except it appears that this specimen isn't exactly a true island native:

new hampshire!? i can't think of anywhere less tropical! it was still good.

board prep: 1/2 of the development chapter in laughing your way to passing the peds boards. yes, i studied post-beer.


  1. Ooh. Tough question. I would probably use 30 minutes to clean and 30 minutes to cook - adding on to the time I already spend preparing food, but it's a pleasure and worth the time. The other hour would have to go toward sleeping - it's the first thing I sacrifice when I get busy, and that's a shame.

  2. Anonymous9:17 AM

    i need 26 hours in the day too! i'd totally use an extra hour to study more. and then the other to sleep. or maybe both to sleep as i'm studying so much lately that sleep has fallen way down on the priority list!

  3. I like the beer! I'll have to try and find it sometime.

    I'm not sure what I would do with two extra Cook? Bake? Certainly I would not be working, although I have a feeling that's what a lot of people would end up doing!

  4. Anonymous11:38 AM

    I have no idea what I would do with a few extra hours! Relax? study more? Sleep? I think I need to work on organizing my priorities too - the days have seemed to fly by lately, no matter how I try to fit everything in.

  5. Chipotle isn't too bad for fast food as long as you get a bowl or salad.

    I would spend those 2 hours with my boyfriend because then he would be less busy.

  6. 1 hour more of sleep and one more for yoga and cooking.

    +1 to the Gypsy Kings. I love their Allegria album. It's such happy music (true to the name, I guess).

  7. that is a delicious beer. i like their coffee porter too!

  8. Ah, an extra 2 hours in a day would be great....I always thought 24 hours were too little, too! I think I would read. Or watch a good movie. :-)

  9. atilla10:45 PM

    sleep and 20 min of stretching

  10. I could use some extra time to unwind: A nice book, a warm cup of tea... I can dream, right? As is, my priority list looks a lot like yours. Sometimes honesty can hurt (hurt my work ethic, that is).