- Make difficult tasks a priority in the mornings
This is not to say that things will not come up later in the day, but if there is something I am dreading completing, or a task that may take some time, I try to complete it early. Preferably while sipping coffee to make it go down a little easier
- Enjoy the little things at work
My work has a coffee and bagel shop on site and I have made a separate bank account where I deposit money every check so I an enjoy a large cold brew and bagel *almost* daily. A lot of people at work prioritize packing breakfast, coffee, and lunch saving it saves them money. In a household of two I have found it more expensive to buy breakfast, coffee, lunch, and pack it. I have tried it several times over the past five years. For me I want to prioritize enjoying what time I can with my pets and husband.
I only have so many spoons in a week with my chronic illness and prioritizing time with my loved ones over spending every Sunday in the kitchen meal prepping is important to me.
- Make a highlights of the day list
At the bottom of the first page of my daily assignment I write the time of all the important tasks that must happen. This includes rounds, CEU’s, supervision (when I was still attending), committee meetings, court hearings, and staff meetings.
On days where I am having brain fog I will also set alarms for ten minutes prior to each of these tasks so I am prompted to get moving to where each meeting is held.
- I pack a tote bag
I have recently started this trick. I pack a tote bag with pens, pencils, high lighters, a clipboard, blanks of my most commonly used forms, and anything else I may need for the day. I also keep personal items, headphones, my phone, hard candy, and a fidget. This way if I am stuck away from my office for longer than expected I have everything I need to work from anywhere in the hospital.
- Keeping a personalized first aid kit
As someone with multiple health issues I have personalized a first aid kit for myself. It includes the usual band aids and alcohol prep pads, but I also have protein bars, items to help anxiety, medications for my acid reflux, ibs, and allergies. I even have a bottle of water. You never know when something will come up, and as a hospital worker I never know is disaster will hit and I will be asked to stay overnight.