Improving medical students

Implementing the Sunday Ritual

Posted by medliorator on February 17, 2008

Some undergraduate strategies still apply. Most don’t

Sunday morning and afternoon is a time for you to regroup, get organized, and get prepared for the upcoming week. To accomplish this, you need a Sunday ritual.

A good Sunday ritual consists of the following:

  1. Immediately after waking up, go grab a big breakfast… Do this on your own, with strong coffee, and a copy of the Sunday Times (or, anything else that is both mentally stimulating and completely unconnected to any schoolwork). Take your time. Spend an hour.
  2. Spend 20-30 minutes to review your calendar and to-do lists. Get a feel for what work you need to get done this week. What deadlines are looming? … this is the time to assign specific work to the specific days of the week.
  3. Clear your head. This might involve going for a quiet walk. Or, hangover permitting, hitting the gym. Conclude with a snack that will boost energy.
  4. Settle into the most deserted possible library on campus… Taking quick breaks every 50 minutes, efficiently plow through your three hours of work for the day.
  5. Conclude by sketching your Monday schedule. It’s important for your stress levels that you feel like you have a detailed plan for the next day.

Follow a Sunday Ritual [Study Hacks]

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