Managing Life's Demands
Well, as you guys know, I've passed boards and have already
accepted a position in an acute care setting. I actually started yesterday and
am so excited! So far I've been in orientation and the anticipation of actually
rounding and caring for patients is killing me! I start rounding next week and
am really looking forward to sharing this journey with you guys.
So I've debated and debated on what my topic for this blog was
going to be and I finally figured it out. I have gone from working three
12-hour shifts as a registered nurse to working five 8-hour shifts. Yep. You
guessed it. I work banker's hours. Monday-Friday from 8-5.
Sounds nice, huh? Well, you factor in the 1+ hour drive there and
another hour home (I live in Northern MI and with all the snow storms, lately
it's pushing 2 hours each way) I'm gone from home from at least 7am-6pm. So
here's my dilemma and I would LOVE to get feedback from my readers on this!
When do you take care of YOU?
I'm getting up at 4 so I can have time to do 30 minutes on the
elliptical before I get my two rug rats up and get them ready for school and
out the door. I have exactly enough time to do that and barely make it to work
on time. I am super OCD and not having time to keep my house clean is making me
more stressed out and I feel that I am not able to do my wifely and motherly
things that I'm used to doing.
So that's my excuse as to why I'm not exercising and eating the
way that I'm used to! What's your excuse, and more importantly, what can WE do
to remedy this situation? We are practitioners here! We preach to our patients
about the lifestyles that protect our hearts, minds and bodies and then we go
to and get McDonald's on our way to or from work and pass out at night after a
glass of wine from exhaustion.
Now what does that say for ourselves? I'm really looking for
feedback here. This is a great spot to network and get our creative juices
flowing so that we can better ourselves, which in turn is going to be
beneficial for not only our family, but our patients as well!
Since I'm the blogger, I guess I technically should be the first
one to throw out some ideas. Like I said earlier, I'm "kind of" OCD (not
technically, but just funny about cluttery areas and germs) and I am, you
guessed it, a Virgo. For those of you that don't keep up with that kind of
information (well, I don't either. I just know I fit the bill), virgos are very
Control freak (raising hand), consistent (raising hand again) and
outgoing (Who? Me? Nooo). So one area that is of high importance for me is
organization. Since we're on the topic of a lack of time, I have figured out
that maintaining organization really helps with an overall increase in my free
time. About a year ago I discovered a website called Cozi (you can access it
that is AMAZING for organizing everything from your schedule to your shopping
lists to your recipes! It has an app that you can put lists on and they
transfer over automatically to your spouse's phone on their list! That's right!
No more excuses about not having the notes!
So, there's my first idea for you guys so that you can give
yourself a little extra free time. Now, what do you have for me? I look forward
to hearing your responses and I'm REALLY looking forward to sharing my journey
ahead in regards to being a new NP!