Daily Archives: May 5, 2016


Good Habits and Small Wins

So here’s a random life update because I woke up at 5 am and I didn’t want to go back to sleep. I keep on forgetting how much I love mornings. I’m a morning person. Med school may have forced me to be a night owl – always up studying or manning the emergency room – but again, I know I’m a morning person.

I’m struggling with my messed up sleeping habits though. I guess I love mornings way too much that I end up WAITING for it. I can stay up well until 5, 6, 7, or even 8 am! 8 am, my goodness. I blame it on the cuteness of It’s Judy’s Life, the “vacation-mode” feeling of playing The Sims 4, and the million books I have yet to read on Kindle.

The last one I started reading and finished overnight was Suicide Med by Freida McFadden, which I downloaded from Amazon for just $2.99. Obviously a page-turner. Check it out.

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My first fictional book about medicine! I really enjoyed it. Next up – “The House of God” by Samuel Shen. Any other recommendations? 🙂

I think it’s all about forming good habits though. I realized that from reading “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg, which is so honestly life-changing hahaha. My key takeaway from the book is what I’ve learned about keystone habits.

Keystone habits offer what is known within academic literature as “small wins“. They help other habits to flourish by creating new structures, and they establish cultures where change becomes contagious.

So, about that. I could make it a habit to go to the gym. Well, I should. That’s my number one motivation right now – the hefty monthly bill that I have to make “sulit”. Hahaha. Eventually, I’m sure I’ll be motivated by the happy endorphins I get after each cardio session with the elliptical, and the “I’m so zen” mindset I claim after each yoga and pilates class.

Pero pag ako talaga nagka-abs…. hu u.

But I can’t make it to the gym if I’m knock out sleeping in until 5 pm. So I guess it’s all about establishing a solid night routine and sleeping early. I have  two more months to establish this.

To more productive days ahead! 🙂

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