I wanted to revisit last week’s post for a moment.
Particularly to note that this the template I drew out is a fantasy. I do feel like it’s useful to have an ideal, pie-in-the-sky schedule in my mind, so I know what I am aiming for. But if you looked at that (as I know at least a couple of you did) and thought “OMG, she’s so lucky to have 30 minutes at 4:30 every day to perform a shutdown ritual!” — then I want to make sure I set the record straight.
Most of the time, I don’t have that particular 30 minutes, either. On Tuesday I was with a patient until 5:15 and scrambled out the door, notes undone and no shutdown in sight. Yesterday I was at a GME event that required early morning preparation (goodbye AM reflective time!) and I worked straight through lunch with no break to speak of — but I did finish up really early!
Every day is different. But it still helps me to have an ideal in mind.
Because I do feel like I’d be happier and more at peace if I could leave my notes/charts/emails mostly complete at the end of each work day. I’d love to work out nearly every morning (perhaps one morning per week to sleep in?). It would be ideal to hang out with my husband every night (often not possible either because he’s still at work/has to finish work from home or because I’m too tired — agh).
I will conclude this post with a dream scenario – what I’d like to do each morning / evening for my AM and PM rituals.
Up + read nonfiction for 10-15 min (I am often in the mood to soak up someone else’s wisdom at that time while I start on my coffee!)
Plan day (priorities, any meetings/fixed events, etc) by filling out daily planner page
Write post (Mondays / Weds / Fridays seem to be my new groove) or podcast prep or other writing
Workout (30-45 min BB or run, or once/week 80 minutes with drive time for Ultimate)
Kid time including taking at least one kid to school
Drive with podcast
I don’t really find I need a startup ritual at work because I’m essentially ready to dive in, either seeing patients/making calls or doing GME-related tasks. (I’m freshest in the morning so I’m better off just going for it rather than a long ramp-up!)
Fantasy work shut-down ritual
Finish up any notes / clinical tasks if it’s a clinical day (electronic medical record INBOX ZERO is the daily goal because it means my patients’ needs are taken care of AND I get the satisfaction of having left things completed)
Last email triage and response to anything important
Set priorities for next GME work day (if it’s a GME day)
(Note, I said fantasy. Particularly on the clinical days.)
Home shut-down ritual
(After both waves of kids are in bed, G first around 7:15 then A&C at around 8:30)
Set up coffee & make sure desk is clear for next morning
Spend time with Josh (if he is home)
Skincare (must revisit this, am currently total slacker)
Flossing (actually I am so good at this now! I have flossed every day since 10/1/2018 except for a day or two when I was out of floss!)
Read actual book (not Instagram)