Back in 2011, I trained for my first half marathon. It was my first practice in schedule discipline, where keeping a schedule was essential to ensuring I could progress, and in this case, progress by increasing my mileage week by week. Though it took several months, by sticking to the schedule, I was able to slowly build from running 1 mile up to 13.1 miles. The journey made me realize that when there is a will, there IS a way. That way just means a PLAN, and what one needs to remember is that you NEED to have a plan, not just a will.
That first practice in schedule discipline paid dividends when it came time to study for Step 1 the next year. Sticking to a schedule then was also essential, except this time, instead of increasing mileage, I had to maintain a schedule to ensure I could keep increasing in QBank questions and First Aid pages week by week. After USMLE® Step 1, 3rd year brought fluctuating hours, constant change, and shelf exams. Again, though it was much harder to keep a schedule this year, … view full post »