it's so interesting to me: when i was working 80-hour weeks on the wards or in the intensive care units during residency, managing my time didn't require much thought. every minute was precious, so there was no room for questions about motivation or whether i 'felt' like doing something at any given time.
if i wanted to work out -- and i did (marathon training while in the PICU? well, why not?) -- then i had to do it in the few windows of time that i had. if i wanted to write this blog -- and obviously, i did -- i had to crank my posts out in the wee hours (nothing like a rousing meme at 4:40 in the morning! huh . . .).
i learned a lot about managing time and planning ahead during those days. however, one sad result is that my skills do not translate as well to a (much) less structured schedule. in fact, in some ways the experience may have been detrimental, because residency conditions you to grab rest and free time whenever it presents itself. after all, with those hours, it's a matter of survival!
but you can see how that mindset might become problematic when all of the sudden, your schedule is a wide open frontier of 'research time' . . . and i believe this is why i am struggling a bit now. it's not that my work ethic sucks or that i don't want to get anything done; it's just that this shift isn't that easy!
as you can see above, i am attempting in my own nerdy way to give my time some structure. i also have emailed my PI because i would like to start doing some actual, hands-on research -- but i honestly need some concrete suggestions on what to start on, and someone to help (re-)teach me some of the ropes, as i haven't touched a pipette in about 5 years.
i'm not complaining about this research time -- no, not one bit. i am thrilled to have the chance to do things at my own pace. and hopefully, i will start to gain a time management/productivity skill set that works in this realm, too! if you have a 'wide open' schedule that you've learned to manage well, share your secrets!. phD students and graduates, i'm talking to you.
pre-prenatal nutrition advice update
i have gotten some great questions from you all to send to heather! i will compile and send them off to her tomorrow, so email me today if there is anything you have always wanted to know about eating for pre-gestation.
things that are awesome
♥ alycia's 2011 inspiration board! love this.
♥ angeliki's post, which inspired my thoughts above.
♥ (never home)maker. how was i not reading this blog!?
♥ free dave farmar podcasts
♥ this bag, which graced the cover of anthro's january catalog.
workout: 75 minute yoga class @ blue point. this class was better than the last one but still not as fun as the first (i miss those plank handstands!). i really do like yoga to be challenging -- since i am doing it as my only workout on some days now, i want to shake and sweat a little.
no cooking night: because the kitchen was still stocked with leftovers! that thai chili is a gift that keeps on giving . . .
reading: no formal reading b/c i got home after 6:30 pm (from yoga).