keep calm and work on

July 20, 2010

smiling in the eye of the storm
yesterday was very busy — i didn’t leave the hospital until 7:30 pm! typical for your average surgery resident (at least the one i live with); not so much for moi. but i am happy to report that there was no misery involved, which means . . . i must like my job. hooray!

today promises similar challenges: while our inpatient team typically has one patient (if any!), we currently have 3. i already have two potential new consults in the wings, and god-knows-how-many patients to follow up on. i have a research proposal to work on. and i have studying to do.

but i still like it.

the biggest thing i want to be careful of is becoming so overwhelmed and tired that i just can’t like it anymore. i don’t want to wish for the weekend every week. i want to live every day.

5 simple rules to help me accomplish this:
one thing at a time. sure, the pager will go off. by necessity, focus will have to shift. but that doesn’t preclude finding focus flow in each task as i am doing it.

smile. if nothing else, it will serve as a reminder that i’m doing exactly what i wanted to be doing! and lightness can be powerful and contagious. just ask ms. rubin.

avoid watching the clock. seriously, i’m lucky enough that at this point in my life, there are no kids to care whether i get home at 5:30 or 7. and josh NEVER beats me home! so there is no reason to bristle just because some days last longer than others. (working out in the morning is somewhat a part of this rule because that way there is nothing to rush to or cram in at the end of the work day!)

eat. there is no reason i cannot take 15 minutes to eat lunch. my patients may be ketotic, but i don’t have to be!!

avoid rushing and take the time to do what i need to do to stay organized. keeping the loose ends in a format that makes them doable is 80 million times easier and more pleasant than trying to untangle a web of mystery later on.

any rules to add to this list that you try to follow? i’d love to read them!



workout: 5 miles in CH, average 8:55/mi. whatever the reason, this run just felt GOOD.

ED & BV: i took a break from my magazine cookthrough (actually, i might declare myself done — i’ve pretty much made most of the jul/aug issue recipes and i’m not as excited about the ones left!) to whip up a super-easy dinner from the incredibly popular vegan cookbook by dreena burton.

goddess garbanzos are quick, easy, and healthy — and they make a nice dinner topping a salad (with an obligatory side o’ carbs). i added raisins for a touch of extra sweetness.

board prep: biostats & ethics chapter — check!


  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I am taking heart to your 5 things as I go into a call shift today. I especially find now that I am working out in the AM I don&#39t fell as frantic to get home and get in a workout, etc, even if it means an earlier bed time. I also need to focus at the &#39one at a time&#39 thing as I have lately been finding my crazy multitasking may not be the most productive at all times.

  • Reply Chelsea March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Love ED & BV. My advice would be along the lines of Susan&#39s. Always take the time to double check (or triple check). It takes much less time to come up with one right answer than scramble for the right one later.

  • Reply atilla March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    agree always eat

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