Do you want to know how to decrease your Step 1 stress and avoid burnout?
I know a lot of you guys probably have experienced it or heard horror stories about it. Going through my very first week of dedicated prep, I didn’t know the right things to keep in mind and so I had to learn the hard way.
Today, we are going to give you three valuable tips to help you continue your Step 1 preparations with ease.
Let’s get into it!
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Tip #1: Start And End With Lowest Step 1 Threshold Task
Start and end your day with the lowest threshold task. Also, this is a fancy way of saying to…
“Find the thing that’s easiest for you to do and begin and end your day with it.”
In my opinion, this may be the easiest study technique.
Choose the best resource that you enjoy doing and put them at the start and end of your day. That way you will feel like your Step 1 prep started and ended on a good note.
You may have something totally different, but make sure the two ends of your schedule where you’re going to feel the least motivated and the most burnt out being the beginning and the end are accounted for.
If you do that, then waking up every morning isn’t going to be so hard, and getting to the end and doing that very last task is also going to be doable.
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Tip #2: Be Strict With Your Clock Out Time During Step 1 Prep
If you’re a seasoned listener of TheMDJourney, you’d know my concept about the clock out time.
I recommend putting the clock anywhere from 7 to 8 and to stop studying after this hour. This will give you time to relax towards the end of the day without going to bed—immediately after finishing your Step 1 prep for the day.
So have a clock out time and be extremely strict about it.
Another tip, if you have a significant other, family member, or a friend, ask them to text you at your preferred time to make sure that you’re sticking to your clock out schedule.
Keeping yourself accountable is going to help your overall wellbeing and I promise you, that extra hour or two that you spend studying is not going to lead to an improvement in your score.
As a bonus tip, since we’re talking about schedules, it is advisable to be flexible with yours.
From my experience, If I wasn’t motivated and I was more tired, I’d go back to sleep and some days I’d wake up at 9 or 10.
That extra hour or two definitely allowed me to get through the rest of the day versus trying to push through and not really being able to get a lot in terms of retention from what I was actually learning.
Always make sure that you value your wellbeing over the strictness of your schedule and be flexible.
Also, have a little bit of a buffer between your different Step 1 tasks. If you’re using first aid and doing some UWORLD and your typical time slot would be from 9 to 10 and 10 to 10:30, you have a little bit of buffer between each task.
If something goes a little bit over time, it’s not going to screw your whole schedule up. And that way if you sleep a little bit more, it’s still going to be okay.
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Tip #3: Keep A Running List of Step 1 Confidence Topics
My final tip for you guys on how to minimize it and decrease your burnout and stress during Step 1 is to have a running list of everything you feel really comfortable with and keep adding to it.
This may be a Word Doc or an Excel sheet, or a written thing if that’s what you prefer.
Keep a running list of everything you feel like you’ve mastered. It may also be checking off things as you go through them and first aid.
Just having some form of visualization where you can track how much you’ve mastered and learned over time instead of focusing on everything that’s still left to be done can really give you a little bit of motivation to keep going.
Sometimes a lack of confidence can cost you more points than a lack of knowledge. So keep those in mind.
Anyway, those were the three different ways in addition to some bonus tips on how to minimize your stress and burnout rate during the Step 1 prep.
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I hope you guys learned a lot and found this post helpful.
Until next time my friends…