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  • Some viewers have sent me messages asking how I grind so hard so often.

  • I'm going to share a secret with you.

  • I am, in fact, human.

  • And I too have several moments where doing work or studying is the last thing that I

  • want to do.

  • Over the years, I've learned how to work around it and still manage to get a lot of

  • things done.

  • And in this video, I'll show you how to do the same.

  • If you watch the entire video and follow the instructions, I guarantee that you too will see results.

  • What's going on guys, Dr. Jubbal, MedSchoolInsiders.com.

  • For those of you who are new here, I graduated with my M.D. in 2017 and matched into a competitive

  • surgical subspecialty.

  • You can learn more on my vlog channel.

  • Link in the description below.

  • I am a firm believer that systems produce

  • results. Relying on motivation, inspiration, being energized, or any other fleeting emotion

  • will not sustain you and not deliver the results that you desire.

  • I apply this philosophy to all aspects of my life - from regularly exercising, to eating

  • healthfully, to studying and getting work done.

  • It's the system that delivers the results.

  • Period.

  • Now, let's go over how you too can create a system that allows you to overcome feeling

  • tired, feeling bored, or just plain feeling like you don't want to study.

  • The first step is assessing your current state.

  • You know that your study habits and strategies are not working, and you want to fix things.

  • But the tricky thing about advice is that one size does not fit all.

  • You must first objectively examine your own habits and systems to figure out in what ways

  • you can optimize most effectively.

  • We want to focus on the largest pain points that allow us to put in the least amount of

  • effort and get the maximum results.

  • In order to do this, I suggest you keep a journal or open up a note on your phone and

  • jot down what you are doing and how you're feeling over the course of a day.

  • Who are you studying with?

  • When did you eat?

  • When did you try to study, and when did you begin feeling like you were just over it?

  • Doing this for a couple days will give you a better view of your current systems and

  • pain points.

  • You may find yourself growing more mindful of how you feel and the things occurring around

  • you, as I did.

  • To maintain this, I now practice meditation regularly and journal every night, which I find quite helpful.

  • Step 2. Use the Power of Language Sounds a bit woo woo, right?

  • Hear me out.

  • The power of language is the most important part of this entire process.

  • This is the foundation of the entire system.

  • Our world is understood through language.

  • And by making small adjustments, we can very effectively reduce the friction involved in getting work

  • done.

  • Still not with me?

  • Here are some ways to implement it:

  • When I tell myself “I don't feel like

  • studying” I say out loudso what?”

  • No, literally, I actually sayso whatout loud, which snaps me out of this limiting

  • mindset.

  • I'm in control, my feelings are fleeting. So why would I follow them?

  • The next time you don't feel like studying, say it out loud, and then say, “so what?”

  • Next, use the wordandinstead ofbut

  • when facing your problems.

  • Subtle, right?

  • See it in action.

  • When you say “I have to study for my midterm, BUT I'm tired and I don't feel like

  • studying,” you're limiting your potential options of action.

  • You're essentially telling yourself, “well, I need to study, but I can't because I just don't

  • feel like it!”

  • However, when you say “I have to study for my midterm, AND I don't feel like studying,”

  • you have two separate phrases, and the second one doesn't negate the first.

  • You're now telling yourself two independent phrases that don't conflict with one another.

  • I know this totally sounds way out there.

  • As someone who is very scientifically minded, type A, and logical, this initially felt like

  • some touchy feely nonsense, but I assure you that this works.

  • Try it out, and see for yourself how effective it really is.

  • Step 3. Lower the Activation Energy. Dig back to your biology and chemistry classes.

  • Do you remember how enzymes work?

  • They facilitate a reaction by acting as a catalyst, meaning they lower the activation

  • energy.

  • The reaction we're trying to catalyze is getting you to study.

  • The main problem we have isn't an issue of actually doing the work.

  • It's just starting.

  • Starting is the hardest part.

  • So how do we make it easier?

  • Take your large task and break it into something

  • small.

  • Once you think you've made it small, make it even smaller than that.

  • After the first time, you're likely not thinking small enough.

  • For example, if you need to read 2 chapters in your biology textbook in preparation for

  • your upcoming quiz, telling yourself to read just 1 chapter, or even 1 section is still

  • too big.

  • Instead, tell yourself to read one paragraph.

  • No obligations.

  • Just one paragraph, and then you can assess if you want to keep working or not.

  • And more often than not, you'll find it much easier to keep going.

  • Do the same with your time commitment.

  • It's great that you blocked out the next three hours to do work, but guess what, studying

  • for three hours is incredibly daunting.

  • You do not want to do that.

  • You want to watch Med School Insiders YouTube videos instead.

  • Here's how you get past thatyou're not studying for three hours anymore.

  • Instead, you're studying for only 25 minutes, which is a lot easier than 3 hours.

  • After those 25 minutes are done, you're getting a break, guaranteed.

  • Seems simple enough.

  • This is the Pomodoro technique in action, and it is one of my favorite study hacks.

  • I go over more details on how to best use it in my Pomodoro video.

  • Choose Easy Tasks to Build Momentum. Early on in the day, I generally like to knock

  • out the difficult tasks first, since it makes the rest of the day a breeze.

  • But I don't always get the luxury of doing that.

  • There are instances where starting is so difficult, that there's no way I would be able to tackle

  • the most daunting task first.

  • In those instances, I start with something easy.

  • That can be something as simple as doing my laundry or washing dishes.

  • Once I've built the momentum of getting something small done, having a small victory,

  • it becomes much easier to step it up to something a little bigger.

  • Lower your Expectations. This one applies to creative works, such as

  • writing an essay.

  • First, using the steps above, we've already told ourselves we're not writing an essay,

  • just one sentence.

  • And we're not writing for 1 hour, just for 3 minutes.

  • If you still can't get started, lower your expectations.

  • Intentionally tell yourself that you're going to write something bad.

  • Not that you're going to write something and that if it's bad, then that's fine.

  • No, you're literally going out with the task of writing something bad, intentionally.

  • Sound crazy?

  • Try it next time you're stuck, and thank me later.

  • And finally, step 4. Add some spice. If after steps 1 through 3, you're still feeling

  • a bit dry, it's time to add a bit of flavor to the process.

  • I find the methods included here to be particularly useful if you've been studying for some

  • time and find yourself running out of steam.

  • This can be done in several different ways.

  • Here are my favorites that have proven most effective:

  • First, if you find yourself getting bored

  • of looking at your physics textbook, change it up by either doing practice problems or

  • studying for your English class instead.

  • You can either vary the subject, such as going from physics to English, or vary the method

  • of studying, such as reading to doing practice problems.

  • One of my favorite ways to switch things up is by doing one or two Pomodoro cycles of Anki

  • flashcards and then returning to my original work.

  • It almost always makes me feel more refreshed.

  • Incentivize Yourself with Rewards. Find something you're looking forward to,

  • and tell yourself you'll be able to do it immediately after you finish your task.

  • Let's say a new episode of Top Gear comes out, or maybe you're excited to go out with

  • your friends on a Friday night.

  • Tell yourself you'll be able to do exactly that as soon as you're done with your work.

  • Watch yourself become much more efficient.

  • Lastly, move. Moving has two benefits.

  • First, physically moving your body around with walking or some light exercise is a highly

  • effective way to reset and get into a better mindset, ready for work.

  • Second, moving to a new location can provide enough of a novel stimulus to get you out

  • of the rut and build momentum.

  • By following this four-step system, you'll

  • be well equipped to get your studying and work done, regardless of how you feel. Remember, emotions are fleeting, so don't give them too much weight.

  • To really get the most out of this video and optimize your system, I recommend you watch

  • two additional videos.

  • First, 7 Steps to Cure Procrastination.

  • And second, Super Human Efficiency and Productivity.

  • If you need additional help in honing your study strategies and performing optimally

  • in your classes, visit MedSchoolInsiders.com.

  • We recently rolled out our tutoring services, where you'll be mentored and taught one-on-one

  • with one of our top doctor advisors.

  • Thank you all so much for watching.

  • Let me know in the comments how this system is working for you, and if you have any additions

  • to share with the rest of us.

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  • And I will see you guys in that next one.

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How to STUDY When You DON'T FEEL LIKE IT!

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