I feel like I am emerging from a cave. Three of my class professors/clinic supervisors were out-of-town last week for one reason or another, so I used last week and the weekend to get the ball rolling on those looming end-of-semester projects that don’t fit in anywhere else. I am relieved to check off a few monumental items from my to-do list. Yay!
My printing quota is just about gone. Graduate students get $40 each semester to print, and B&W pages are $0.04 each, which means that I’ve at least *power-skimmed* 1,000 pages since September. I tried to save paper by printing articles in very small print…and it was a fail. If reading from a textbook has ever made you sleepy, imagine reading it in size 4 font.
So I can’t give any printing tips, but I’ll share a few study tips.
I’m calling these: Tips for getting [school]work done when you’re not good at sitting still:
- Find what time of day works best for you. I’m a morning person and find that my motivation is highest in the morning, so I skipped my usual morning workouts in favor of working on challenging projects. I fit in an exercise break later in the day.
- Make a to-do list with EVERYTHING on it. For one class, I had to read six different articles, so instead of writing “read for child development,” I wrote it six times. And crossed it off six times.
- If there are things you can do without your computer, put your computer in a different room. Or if you are using your computer, log out of time-killer websites (I’m looking at YOU, Pinterest) to avoid subconscious web-surfing. Sometimes the extra step of needing to log back in is enough of a reminder to focus on the task at hand.
- Keep a post-it next to you for random things that pop in your head. Surely I’m not the only one who suddenly NEEDS to find out what day of the week Christmas falls on this year…or what the weather is supposed to be tomorrow…or what is the capital of North Dakota again??…when I’m in the middle of actually working on something. If it’s not good enough for the post-it, it’s not important.
- Take breaks. When I feel myself getting antsy, it’s not even worth fighting. Sometimes a 10-second break to load my coffee mug into the dishwasher makes all the difference.
So there we have it! Tips from a professional student.
Since we didn’t have our Thursday class, Andrea and I missed out weekly froyo date. The week before, our favorite froyo place was closed (!!!) for a staff outing. It was a very sad moment. We tested the doors, and they wouldn’t budge.
Now, on to the workouts….
Like I mentioned, I am a tried and true morning runner, but I switched it up last week to maximize my schoolwork output. I pretty much stuck to cross training because my right knee has been bothering me when I run, and I didn’t want to deal with it.
Monday (10/20): 60 min AMT
Tuesday: 4 x (5 min run + strength)= 1 hour total
Wednesday: 60 min AMT
Thursday: 3 x (5 min run + strength)= 1 hour total
Sat: 6 mile run (lateral knee pain @ 5 miles)
Sunday (10/26): 60 min AMT
-I got a deep tissue massage on Tuesday morning, and the massage therapist focused on everything connected to my knees. It hurt really bad. It wasn’t my first sports massage and probably not my most painful, but ouch ouch ouch.
-I also bought new shoes! Left my beloved Mizunos after 6 years for a pair of Asics.
-And finally…I’ve insisted that whatever is going on with my knee is not weak hips, but now I am eating my words because race pictures from last weekend were posted, and check out that hip drop!
Hello again, side band walks.
What shoes do you run it?
Did you do anything fun this weekend?