Links / loves / thoughts!
1- Feedly boards. A couple of month ago, the blog reader feedly introduced a new feature – the ability to save blog posts to “boards.” I jumped in and started to make some monthly collections, as I often like to share links here and this seemed like a good way to corral interesting posts.
Here’s September so far:
The actual links above are OMDG’s post on 100 airways (I find that fascinating as I never really attained the skill of intubation but now I understand why — just didn’t do enough!), an interesting Digital Minimalism-inspired success story, and about 387423 good breakfast ideas from Love and Lemons.
2- Another board:
The whiteboards I ordered from EC came! They are sturdy and the design is very functional. The kids are loving putting checkmarks next to the tasks. We decided together that if they have a day with everything done (or close to eveything), then they will earn a green smiley face. Annabel made a bunch of coupons and I assigned smiley face values to them — ie, “10 smiles” = trip to target to get a small toy. She then organized them in a homemade coupon book (this actually really impressed me).
The honeymoon phase may be over because while I will not disclose private details, no green smiles were earned last night. But I still think it’s helpful for them to be able to refer to the checklist of what they have to do! We haven’t even hung it up yet – they are running into the office to put checkmarks down. I also have another board for weekly events which we are in desperate need of because with the 2 kids doing our local basketball league all the sudden it seems like we have 8 million practices and games to contend with. (Oops. But they both really like it.)
If you are interested in ordering and want to fuel my ability to try more EC products, here is my referral link.
3- Bedtime. On that note, OMG we have to move bedtime earlier. I feel like both kids are so tired and the late bedtime isn’t doing me (or Josh) any favors, either.
I honestly think C needs ~11 hrs of sleep and A needs ~10.5. And they are not good at catching up on weekends (mysteriously they seem more motivated to get up when there’s no school . . .).
I think “get in bed on time” may need to be added to the checklist.
4- A few notes on work. Some of you asked about work. Currently, I am 0.4FTE clinical (doing mostly outpatient peds endo) and 0.5FTE GME in my program director role. Right now I just feel very lucky to have gotten into GME and am trying my best to learn to be a great residency program director, because I do think it’s a role one grows into over years (not an overnight success kind of thing). I continue to really try to corral most of my work into the ~8:30 – 5 pm time frame, and I do think I’m naturally kind of efficient (I can focus pretty well for longer periods and can write quickly, and I find that planning ahead REALLY helps with a lot of things, too).
But it’s also a learning curve. It helps to think back to my own PD, who was new at it when she became PD my 2nd year of residency (similar to my own residents, we had a transition between my 1st and 2nd year!). Looking back I’m sure she was green but she did a great job and is still in her role 11 years later! I am actually going to a PD meeting (there’s an American Association for Pediatric Program Directors, can you believe it?) and am really looking forward to learning and connecting with others, hopefully also some others from newer programs or new to their role.
5- FRIDAY. It’s the weekend! And yes, at this juncture we’ve got the next 2 days pretty packed. I think this may be the new normal for the next 13 years or so. Not going to lie – I mostly like it.