As the acuity of my vision improves in this new role of manager, I realize my attention has been drawn only toward work and home. Successfully completing a final exam in school has left me relieved, but perhaps a little too relaxed in regard to working on the abstract for my case report.
I've noticed that when some assignment is due, if I don't concentrate on it for at least two days, then I'll be working on it at the last minute. I'll find many other things to do, such as paint the pool deck, clean my closet, arrange the socks in my drawer etc. Perhaps it's just writer's block, and my first attempt at writing a case report has me absolutely baffled about what to put down on a Word document.
Today I arranged with my director to have an ice cream social for all the employees in the outpatient rehabilitation department. If that isn't procrastination at its best, I don't know what is. Things get a little more complicated with long workdays (which go by extremely fast) and spending time with my daughters now that I'm home earlier than I used to be. Weekends were reserved for family, tennis and some form of a social life, with journal articles mixed in there every so often to keep me in study mode.
However, things are about to change. I'm having to turn down lunch meetings on the weekends now to devote more time to the challenge. Instead of hanging out at the beach in the afternoon, it's time to stay home, wash the dogs and read an extra article. I'm only beginning to grasp what it is I need to do to complete this semester. At least I think I have it in my grasp.
Case reports are quite interesting to read, and have stimulated more thought processes regarding patient care and application of different techniques. Reading the remainder of the journal articles will keep me focused on my patient case report, with deciding how to prepare and begin the abstract. First, however, it's time for ice cream.