Medify NL: #03 The Time Issue


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Created by OmoobaJesu Adetunji


The Time Issue.


We often find ourselves in situations where we simply do not have enough time to do all the things we need to do, or so we think? Today I’ll be talking about time and I don’t want it to be the usual time management palava cause truth is there’s more to time than just management. Time is an unusual asset because unlike almost every other thing in life, everyone has the same of it; no more, no less. So that takes away the idea of whether or not it’s enough. It’s up to you to make it enough.


Here are some truths about time to think about;


In Medicine, there is always a lot to get done and there will always be a lot to know and learn. The way to go about it is to learn what exactly you need at each level of your medical career. What is required of a student is different from what is required from an house officer and totally different from what is required from a resident, you get my drift? There are some things that are urgent and important, try to focus on those things. Some things are important but not urgent, so let them go when they become urgent you will handle them.


Time is about priority. You have to realize that time is life. Basically your whole life is a function of time; how much of it you have and how you use it. Someone said the way you spend your time is the way you spend your life. You need to sit down and think about your priorities in life and what really matters to you. If those things are clear to you, you would find it quite difficult to waste your time. So there is some soul searching required and of course there will be need to cut some things out of your life completely.


As medical students we often feel that we don’t have a life and so when we want to go have fun we tend to overcompensate. We tend to be so out there that we would have sacrificed too much of ourselves to low income things that probably won’t even give us lasting joy (things like clubbing all night for example). You thought medicine was worth your time right? That’s why you pay to go through medical school so then you shouldn’t find giving it your all, including your time such a hard pill to swallow. If it is, you need to reevaluate your priorities.


By all means read the time management books but fact is most of time we already know what’s wrong with us concerning how we use our time. Every individual’s time is customized to what they like and how they live so it’s nearly impossible to prescribe a solution that would work for everyone. We all have an idea of what exactly could be causing our time crisis so let’s quit playing pretend and start making space for the things that really matter.


Today’s talk seems to me like a hard talk but we all need a hard knock in the right direction from time to time.


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Till next week, remain medified!


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