As a nurse, you will be always short on time. I have often seen nurses complain that there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. This noble profession thereby keeps you on your feet all the time being extremely demanding.
Time management for nurses is very important as others are solely dependent on them. For instance, it is not just your patients but your families that require your time. If you are a nurse struggling with managing your day to day errands, here are a few tips that will help your organize yourself better giving you more spare time for your loved ones.
As a nurse, you should have a habit of maintaining a weekly or daily planner to remain organize. The planner will help you visualize activities that need to be completed and give you a better picture regarding how to manage errands.
It is advised to note all the minute details so that you can plan effectively. For instance, include all meals, desired groceries, any important event, any work commitment etc. The goal is to be plan smartly so that you are not hasting at the last moment. Today, there are numerous apps on your smartphones that can suffice the need.
On the other hand, many individuals prefer making notes in their journal. No matter what your comfort zone is, make sure you manage your schedule with precision.
A major issue faced by all of us every day is that we are not able to prioritize. Prioritize your to do list by listing them as per their importance. This will help you keep a tab on things that you need to get done without further delays. The end goal is to
Know what a priority is and what can wait for later. Use the to-do list that you have prepared to set these priorities. In addition, set each task a value or importance. In doing so, you'll be able to better prioritize tasks that carry the highest value.
The best way to manage your day to day professional and personal tasks is by setting and following a routine. As a nurse, make it a virtue to balance work and personal life. Therefore, a predefined routine or commitments help you stay on par with your goals.
Irrespective of having a schedule aligned with your priorities in place, you will not be able to achieve your goals if you procrastinate. As a nurse, you have to understand that by procrastinating you will not only waste your precious time, but will also hamper your day to day routine.
I have often seen nurses over commit to tasks as they are so used to multitasking. However, at times, you need to put your foot down and learn to say no. Don't opt for extracurricular activities, shifts, fundraisers, bake sales or more if you already have a lot on your plate. The best way to go about it is to only commit to those activities that you can manage with ease.
As a nurse, you are bound to be selfless. However, note that if a commitment is not in alignment with your current goals, learn to say now without being guilty about it.
As a nurse, you are often so deeply involved in the wellbeing of others that you completely forget that you also need to get time for yourself. Unwind at the spa, meet your mates for coffee, plunge at the pool, or just sit back and watch the sunset. At times all you need is to give yourself some time to relax.
Similarly, on your day off from work, you can just rest and binge watch your favorite shows. After all, it is your day to unwind.
If you have a support system, you will be able to manage your time better as a nurse. Your spouse, kids, partner or family members can help you with your time management. You shouldn't shy away to seek help as your mental health is very important.
Your support system will reduce stress and pressure. For instance, you can involve your children and spouse in household chores, assign them tasks, and divide the responsibilities.
With the above mentioned tips, you will be able to maintain a healthy balance between work and personal life.