How to Create an MCAT Recharge Station

MCAT Adventure: Pathlight

Journey Goal

How to Create A Recharge Environment Goal

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WHY?

If you are studying as hard as you should: you will burn out.
Most of the time, people go straight to their smartphones, or rely on "wrecking-ball" habits like pornography, drugs, or overeating.

Enough.

In ten steps, we'll show you how to swap these destructive desires and build stations to recharge your brain: be it rest, exercise, books, walking, or anything that is actually refreshing!

How to Create An MCAT Recharge Environment Goal
Exercise Pad Milliard Peanut Bosu Ball Rest/Prayer Blanket WATER MCAT Study Environment Hobby Bag of Books

Exercise Pad

MCAT Adventure: MCAT Exercise Pad

This pad is not only dense, it's amazing for burpees: the most effective full-body exercise and study recharge.

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Milliard Peanut

MCAT Adventure: Budget Mind over Matter Device

The peanut is strange: but highly functional. Use it for upper abdominal exercises, as a budget alternative to the Bosu Ball, for stretching, or study plank.

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Bosu Ball

MCAT Adventure: Mind over Matter

This terrific workout investment is like buying a six pack.
A six pack won't get you a perfect MCAT score, but working out your abs is the same thing as flexing your spine: it is actually terrific for your Central Nervous System, posture, and mental acuity.
One of the best purchases I have ever made.

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Rest/Prayer Blanket

MCAT Adventurer Shield Blanket

There's sleep.
And then there's rest.

There's a difference. It is not a bad idea to take a 15 minute break and pray about what you just learned. Try stretching out our shield blanket below, putting in ear plugs, and an eye mask; and visualizing all the AAMC topics you just covered.

I honestly can't think of a more recharging study habit.

Since the blanket in the photo is unavailable: we made our own.
Get your special blanket here.

WATER

Don't forget to hydrate! Neurotransmitters can't fire neurons if your brain is the desert!

MCAT Study Environment

This journey is all about setting up an MCAT Recharge Station: ideally it should be next to your MCAT Study Environment - but every situation is different.

To find out how to set up this study environment, check out this Journey.

Hobby

While I'm not saying to go out and buy a piano, why not a keyboard? I personally am a painter - and love to just give myself a few minutes to make something - even if said creation ends up in the garbage.

Bag of Books

At hand's reach from my desk is a travel bag of fun books to reach for. Not only are you studying for CARS by enhancing your comprehension: you give yourself time to test how easily you "forget" the material you just learned.

Equipment

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① LIST how you spend daily time

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WHY?

 

We all have bad habits.
We all waste time.
Be brutally honest.
For many men, it’s porn or video games.
Is your phone a tool or are you its tool?
Write down your worst time wasters.

NEVER

*Lie.

ALWAYS

*Be brutally honest:
as if a CIA agent were
reporting your thought processes.

TIPS

People worship what they like to spend time with.
Ask: is the focal point
of your time worthy of your worship?
Will this destroy your MCAT study time?

② ASK why

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WHY?

We all desire something outside time:
which is why we fall into
pleasurable time traps.
Ask why you do something.
Keep digging deeper. 
Why? Why? Why?

MCAT Adventure: MCAT Recharge Station 2

NEVER

*Stop at “I like it”..

ALWAYS

*Probe deeper. “Why do I like it?”

TIPS

Be brutal and keep digging.
If you do something to please yourself,
why are you pleasing yourself?

 LIST healthier options

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WHY?

 

Prepare the swap.
If its video games;
perhaps you crave excitement.
Go jogging or get a punching bag.

NEVER

*Swap something you know you won’t do.

ALWAYS

*Swap with something realistic.

TIPS

Our desires are often unrealistic:
chunk ’em or chuck ’em.
Aligning them with the Truth
is to make them realized.

④ SET UP a prayer wall or vision board

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WHY?

Our beliefs don’t change the Truth.
For all the squabble about religion;
that is precisely what God is: the Truth.
We don’t look down at the stars to admire them:
we look up at them.
Practice humility in sight of the goals.
It’s not about you:
it’s about what you serve.

MCAT Adventure: MCAT Recharge Station 4

NEVER

*Make it a “me” wall.

ALWAYS

*Count your blessings.

TIPS

*Probe why you are here.
This isn’t a bucketlist;
it is discovering your meaning.
How can you love God with all your heart,
soul, mind, and strength;
and love your neighbor as yourself?

⑤ SET UP a prayer mat

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WHY?

There’s something about being
on a (clean) floor.
Shift your perspective
to be on your knees.
But, don’t ruin your knees!
You need them.

MCAT Adventure: Recharge Station 5

NEVER

*Ruin your knees.

ALWAYS

*Make it accessible for when you feel burnt out.

TIPS

*A folded blanket or a pillow
serves me well.

⑥ SET UP a work out station

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WHY?

 

Exercise can solve many stress-related problems.
Make it accessible.
When the frustration kicks in –
there is no excuse.
Take out your rage on your fat cells.

MCAT Adventure: How to Set Up an MCAT Recharge Station

NEVER

*Make working out contingent
on equipment you don’t own.

ALWAYS

*Find a way to exercise,
no matter your situation.

TIPS

*Exercise is a great way
to blow off stress:
get a Bosu ball, peanut, or mat.

⑦ CONTEMPLATE more habit stations

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WHY?

 

Do you have other hobbies?
It could be jumproping,
crafting, violin, art, books,
archery, or tree-climbing.
Set it up.

GOAL

BRAINSTORMING

NEVER

*Be ambitious with your habits.

ALWAYS

*Treat the habits
as completely refreshing, bizarre, and fun
activities

TIPS

These habits do not determine your value.
Your value determines theirs.
They are fun.
I love drawing.
I have an art station for when that itch comes.

⑧ CLUSTER laminated goals

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WHY?

 

If you follow our lamination method
 and tether your goals
to the environment where they are relevant:
you will eliminate decision-making stress.
Most people go to their phones when
they can’t make up their minds.
Take a break and run to the note curing
your distress:
constant reminders of what to do
are where you need them.

NEVER

*Treat these goals as “must dos”,

ALWAYS

*Reserve the “must do” for the MCAT

TIPS

Just like how Algebra groups polynomials,
how the Elements of Style
groups modifiers with their related nouns,
and how your body groups cells into organs:
group your goals with your stuff,
space, and time!

⑨ REMIND yourself why

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WHY?

 

Habits build character:
they will resurface later in life.
Books help you ace CARS.
You likely already pleasure read social media.

MCAT Adventure: MCAT Recharge Station 9

NEVER

*Give up if you fall back
onto your old, destructive habits.

ALWAYS

*Reassess the accuracy
of your reflections in Step 2-4.
Get back onto your knees.

TIPS

*When the going gets tough,
it will be harder to get out of bed:
this will be what pulls you through.

⑩ REST

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WHY?

 

Lie down and reference it all.
Resting is memory.
It is consolidation.
It is trust.

NEVER

*Fret.
*Constantly check your phone
*Be near your phone.

ALWAYS

  *Ensure you are undisturbed.

TIPS

*Don’t be greedy:
Treasure the morsels you learned today.
Like food,
knowledge needs to be digested.
We couldn’t find the blanket
in the video above: so we
made a better one.

Equipment

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