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A Minimalist Life

A month ago, I came upon a collection of articles that challenged my ideas about time management. Being in medical school, there’ s often an endless list of activities to do – clinical duties, studying, research, volunteering, student groups. You get comfortable juggling multiple tasks, ambitious to do more. You begin to believe that doing more is better. These posts helped me reevaluate some of my priorities. I highly recommend reading them.

focus: a simplicity manifesto in the age of distraction – by Leo Babauta of zenhabits

Best New Year’s Resolution? A ‘Stop Doing’ List – by Jim Collins

Better – by Merlin Mann (author of InboxZero)

I am now in my fourth and final year of medical school. Perhaps with some hindsight, I now see how distracting medical school really was at times. The clubs we were involved in, the group study sessions, the meaningless emails, the trivial tasks. You regret some of the priorities you sacrificed, your health, your hobbies, your friends and family.

From here on out, I am choosing to make my daily life simpler. I want to take on less tasks in hopes that I can do my important tasks better. I have unsubscribed from medical blogs that I don’t really enjoy reading, and spent a bit more time reading around the patients I see. I spend less time in my inbox and more time with friends. On this blog, I am focusing less on advertising and revenues and more on writing and reflection. I am slowly minimizing my distractions so I can focus on things that do matter.

Are there things in your life you can simplify? What’s distracting you from doing your best work?

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  1. Jas
    Jas December 7, 2011

    One has to know their priority which change over times. It is good you have changed your priority, knowing which is best for you. 🙂 We just have to be clear of what we want. Family and friends are the most important ones

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