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I have 3 assignments to be submitted on that day. I think I had thought that I wouldn’t be involved in the Covid-19 vaccination team for my clinic. Which explains my overzealous spirit to take up to 4 subjects this semester. Being part of the team, it means being on duty every single day. Which also means that if I ever have to take leave, I would feel really really guilty. Because there is only 2 of us running the show for our team. And this will be going on until next year. Therefore, I don’t think I should be that ambitious in choosing which subject to take for next semester. Ambil apa yang mampu sahaja.

A little update on my assignments.

For Cognitive Psychology (ABPK1203) I am choosing my mom as the subject to explain what Perception is all about. I am supposed to use the topics in the module to explain about her visual and auditory tasks. It is quite an interesting task actually (once you understand what it wants). It does take a while to kick it off.

The Child Psychology (ABPD1203) assignment on the hand requires a write up on Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory and an interview with a mother with regards to how she manages her kids emotions and discipline. I am planning to interview my sister.

I am leaving the 3rd subject towards the end as I figure out how to create a company out of thin air, make it sound authentic in a make believe work meeting. I am playing the role of a senior manager from the HR department making a presentation to the board members after a trial of Work From Home (WFH) period. It will be a play of creativity, which I enjoy, but due to time limitation I am not quite sure if I would be able to pull off what I have in mind.

Anyway, knowing myself – come what may, I will make it work at the end of the day. InsyaAllah.

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Printing my module and listening to Ali Abdaal

It is a race against time. To not only keep up with my notes , e-tutorials and e-lessons but also my assignments. So, I decided to just print out (part of ) my module so I could read it at work in between my patients using my highlighter and make scribbles on it. I figured once I get the note part out of the way, I could afterwards concentrate on binge listening to my e tutorials during my commute to work and return from it.

I was watching Youtube over the weekend and stumbled upon one of Ali Abdaal’s videos. The last time I watched his video was when he was a medical student. I am not sure if he is still a medical doctor but he seems to be doing really well as this Youtube Guru and all. He is probably a millionaire.

Anyway, I noted that there were a few videos of him talking about the evidence-based study methods. I was blown away. Like wow, I couldn’t even find the time to read and critic a journal for my assignments, what more exploring on this subject in a very scientific manner. I mean, I wouldn’t accept nothing less coming from this genius either. I have only managed to sit in his mini lecture on Spaced Repetition and Active Recall because I spent the rest of my available hours doing house chores and handling the kids. Nevertheless, I will surely subscribe and watch/listen his other videos in my car. I love that his videos has an outline of what he wants to talk about and damn, this guy talks very fast. His handwriting must be epic!

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Even now I am reading a book that he recommended which is called Show Your Work by Austin Kleon. I had a 2 pound credit in my e-wallet and so I managed to buy it at less than a fiver on Google Play. It is a wonderful book so far, I think I can finish it by the end of this week. Will put this in my highlight on my IG story. I have an IG account designated for my studies at hobominci. My virtual shopping cart at Kinokuniya is also piling up with books. I am just hoarding them in my cart until I get to a time when I feel motivated enough to click Checkout. Maybe by the end of this semester.

Overcoming the Study Slump

I have dwelled and entertained the sluggish side of myself. It is time to regain my motivation and harness the energy for my 4th semester. I hate that I missed out on my E-tutorials last week (all 4 of them) but knowing that my mind wouldn’t be present at all during the class – I figured I should just use those extra hours to sleep or get myself sorted.

I mentioned in my previous post that I should Relax. Reorganize. And Remove stuff. And that was exactly what I did.


I told myself that I should take it easy. I reminded myself that although I haven’t been keeping up with my lessons – I was not exactly wasting time either. Instead I have been using those hours for my work commitments. I have been drafting plans and ‘materials’ for the upcoming mega-scale vaccination programme rolling out by the end of February.

I cooked myself nutritious meals. I even had time to prepare fruit cups for my family. A wonderful habit I am thinking on continuing afterwards.

I am taking better care of my skin. My acne scars are still there but less pigmentated. I wished I could do a foot scrub and pedicure but the spa is closed. The best foot rub I got was from my mini Gintell massage machine. The kneading machine.

I took the time to participate in my son’s online learning. He thinks its harrassment on my part. I feel I am doing a good job. On the other hand, I am (still) trying to read more bedtime stories with my daughter.

The best thing I did was probably decorating my mini garden with lanterns and chinese inspired solar lights. Although I am vertically challenged, I had fun putting the ornaments up. Chinese New Year is swinging by next week and I hope whoever passes by my house would be delighted to see a mini light show at night. I am also hoping that there will be no porch pirates looking for opportunities to steal my solar lamps. This is because I have waited patiently for them as they were shipped from China.


Decluttering as always. I still need to combat my recycling space in my porch. I rearranged my scrap papers, my books and my clothes. I scanned my pantry to see what groceries I can get after Chinese New Year. I colour coded my toiletries. I folded my laundry and kept them away. The idea of organizing is such that I could free up my mental space as well. In short, my weekend was well spent with cleaning and going through things.


I begin to remove items on my checklist that is dragging me down. Like confirming my Doterra account. Settling the fees. Revising my KPIs for this year and emailing them to my superior. Starting my drafts for my essay. Brainstorming ideas so it wouldn’t mess about it my head. Technically removing all the storm of uncertainties and procrastinating activities in my life. Indeed, it has been a good exercise for the past few days. I managed through a difficult chapter in my cognitive psychology and got that over with. now I am ready to start rolling the ball again.

What do you do if you have a Study Slump? What are your tips?