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Self Directed Time Management

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Time management is important as a pre-reg. I am actually finding it more difficult than I expected. It isn’t necessarily about the lack of time; it’s more how I spend it. The exam is not a concern to me just yet. This may seem a little naive. However, I feel like the exam isn’t that much of priority compared to actually being a pharmacist. My view, right now is that the exam is just like any other exam - you can revise for it. I think my idea will change as the exam begins to loom. This viewpoint, however, has not stopped me practising questions. In fact over the past couple of weeks I’ve spent an adequate amount of time working through questions with my pre-reg colleagues. I know where my flaws are and I know what I need to work on. This may seem a bit premature but hindsight, in this case, is not a bad thing. Luckily, I have dedicated work hours to study. This is normally Monday mornings but the timing is quite flexible depending on what I am supposed to be doing (what pharmacist am I shadowing, what rotation I am on). However, I am finding that I don’t know what to do with my time. I feel I’m doing a lot of reading but not applying the knowledge. In fact, I think I spend my time reading things that aren’t that relevant (I hate being inquisitive).   Self direction is therefore important and I’m trying to work on it. But working on it, is difficult. I have no idea what I’m supposed to be doing. I don’t know what is expected of me. I have no idea how to progress. This can be frustrating. I feel like I’m working hard but to others I’m probably seen to be lazy (being at a desk, reading all the time). I therefore, get a bit de-motivated by this self-awareness especially as I strive to be better.  There are a variety of ways in which I would like to spend my time at work. There are so many opportunities available, and I know I am not utilising them appropriately. Finding how to utilise them is difficult despite the advice I receive from seniors. Truthfully, being “only a pre-reg” is tough.  I hope I am not the only one who sometimes feels this way.
 

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