I’ve started realizing and coming to terms with the reality that there will always be work to do. I will always have some sort of exam or assessment to prepare for, some sort of research responsibilities, some sort of leadership responsibilities. Initially I’d let an exam keep me holed up at home all week and weekend, whether or not I was being truly productive the whole time.
But now that I’m in the stage of medical education that’s more like a typical “job” and less like classroom learning. I’ve found that I have to–have to–give myself a break or else everything falls apart. I have several assignments due very soon, including a mid-term exam I honestly haven’t yet studied for because of the very high work-hour demand of my rotation. But despite that, as of writing this post, I’ve taken a weekend trip to visit my sister further north on the East coast, went to eat some good food together, caught up with each other, and experienced a new city.
As a first-year student, I may have called this decision to travel with so much work pending “foolish,” but now I call it “necessary.” There is and always will be work to be accomplished. And I will always get it done–during commutes, in the early morning, late at night, and in between other responsibilities. With this new attitude of making time for work and play (instead of scrambling to find it after it’s already lost), I get more done and enjoy life while I’m at it.