How to Create an MCAT Recharge Station
How to Create A Recharge Environment Goal
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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.
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!
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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.
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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.
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.
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① LIST how you spend daily time
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.
*Be brutally honest:
as if a CIA agent were
reporting your thought processes.
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
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?
*Stop at “I like it”..
*Probe deeper. “Why do I like it?”
Be brutal and keep digging.
If you do something to please yourself,
why are you pleasing yourself?
③ LIST healthier options
Prepare the swap.
If its video games;
perhaps you crave excitement.
Go jogging or get a punching bag.
*Swap something you know you won’t do.
*Swap with something realistic.
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
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.
*Make it a “me” wall.
*Count your blessings.
*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
⑥ SET UP a work out station
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.
*Make working out contingent
on equipment you don’t own.
*Find a way to exercise,
no matter your situation.
*Exercise is a great way
to blow off stress:
get a Bosu ball, peanut, or mat.
⑦ CONTEMPLATE more habit stations
Do you have other hobbies?
It could be jumproping,
crafting, violin, art, books,
archery, or tree-climbing.
Set it up.
*Be ambitious with your habits.
*Treat the habits
as completely refreshing, bizarre, and fun
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
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
constant reminders of what to do
are where you need them.
*Treat these goals as “must dos”,
*Reserve the “must do” for the MCAT
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
Habits build character:
they will resurface later in life.
Books help you ace CARS.
You likely already pleasure read social media.
*Give up if you fall back
onto your old, destructive habits.
*Reassess the accuracy
of your reflections in Step 2-4.
Get back onto your knees.
*When the going gets tough,
it will be harder to get out of bed:
this will be what pulls you through.
Lie down and reference it all.
Resting is memory.
It is consolidation.
It is trust.
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