2017 is quickly approaching us! It’s common to set a bunch of goals for yourself and never follow through with them. As medical students, there are a lot of things we can change this new year to help make our lives just a little easier and less stressful. Here are my 15 tips and tricks to mentally prepare for the new year in all aspects of our lives!
- Organize your notes, laptop, calendars, etc. for the new year. Buy binder dividers, new pens/highlighters, and other stationary supplies to get motivated.
- Prepare a study schedule for the new year to help keep you on track. Divide up the weeks per different organ system if you are studying for the USMLE.
- Get a planner/calendar and mark out the important dates in the year, so you know what is to be expected; plan your studies/extracurricular activities around these dates.
- Write out brief short/long-term goals and place them in a visible area for motivation.
- Learn how to make the most of your study habits and incorporate new techniques.
- Get rid of what you no longer need – get rid of all kinds of clutter in your life. Simplicity is key!
- Refresh your mind (take some time for yourself). This is key to preventing burnout.
- Try to begin incorporating at least 2-3 days per week of exercise – it will benefit you tremendously and make such a difference. If you don’t have time to go to the gym, there are several videos out there for home workouts that you can do right in the comfort of your own apartment/home.
- Learn how to incorporate meditation and yoga into your daily routine to help with stress and relaxation, and long-term prevention of burnout.
- Begin to MEAL PREP! This will save you so much time and money. Stock up on a good set of containers that are freezer-friendly. This will also benefit your health because you’ll be eating homemade meals vs. resorting to fast food when you’re in a hurry.
- Open a savings account if you don’t already have one.
- Create a strict budget and stick to it. Your finances will thank you later.
- When you get any kind of income/money, put 10-15% in savings right away. You never know when an emergency will arise and you’ll need some extra cash.
- Look for online job opportunities where you can work from home and have a flexible schedule.
- Remember to keep up with minimum payments for credit cards and student loans. This is essential in maintaining a good credit score, which is important eventually when applying for other loans, buying a house/car, etc.