I thought it would be interesting to outline a chronological record of all the things I do in a day. I personally enjoy hearing the way other people organize their days and how they ensure they remain productive and efficient throughout the day.
Disclaimer: The timetable below outlines a typical day (on the better side) for me as a Year 2 medical student. This may not be reflective of every medical student’s schedule as everyone devotes different time to extracurricular commitments, personal health and have different preferences for the time of day they like to study.
7.30 am: Wake up to the cacophony of multiple alarms.
7.30 – 8.00 am: Brush + prepare breakfast (usually consists of granola and yogurt but I do blend up fruit smoothies occasionally).
8.00-12.00 am: Work – usually interspersed by a few breaks where I just relax, read a book, or maybe even complete a yoga routine.
12-1.45 pm: Get ready for university + eat lunch (more often than not, very quickly) + read up on lectures for the day/complete any required preparatory work or pre-reading.
1.45-5.30 pm (on average): Attend lectures and group work.
5.30-6 pm: Edit my planner (consists of writing tasks for the day, cancelling any tasks that I have already completed, and scheduling new appointments or events)
6-7 pm: Prepare dinner + eat.
7-8 pm: Revise material covered that day by summarizing the key points and making flashcards for important information.
8-9 pm: Go to the gym (or do some other form of physical activity – e.g. attend a yoga class).
9-10.30 pm: Continue studying content that was covered the same day and go over any previous material that I haven’t yet completed.
10.30-11 pm: Prepare to sleep.
11 pm: Refer to relevant textbooks and make notes.
12.30 am (occasionally 1 or later): Set alarms for the next day and drift off to sleep.