Since I’m not very good at tracking time, I actually don’t know the answer to that question! But I think I will try to find out. I would also love some objective data on how often I am woken up — I suspect it feels like much more than it actually is (though there is something about going to sleep KNOWING you could be woken up that is inherently less restful).
YESSS, I am entering a call week. I haven’t been on for a ‘real’ call week that includes nights/weekends since October, so I am as fresh / up for the challenge as I’m ever going to be!
On the downside, call has been harder for me since starting in the program director role. Because as much as I’d like it to, that part of my job doesn’t just ‘stop’ for 7 days! I try to get a lot done beforehand and don’t schedule unessential meetings. But this week, for example, we have a second look meeting Thursday night, I have a (hopefully quick) 3 pm meeting today, and I have a 9:30 AM conf call on Friday.
On the upside, since I take less call now (about half of what I used to, in proportion with the clinical part of my job) and we have changed our nanny’s hours, I no longer feel pressure to be home at a specific point. (I spent so many years stressing over this!). And I certainly am not fitting in multiple pump sessions + racing home to feed a baby — now THAT was stressful. So really, I should be able to complete my work without a lot of external stressors making it harder/more time-constrained than it actually is.
SOOO, tomorrow I will post daily for at least 1 week, and will include:
- hours worked
- calls overnight (ie, wakeups)
- a daily “grade” on my stress management. From A+ to F-. Because why not.
Today promises to be a busy / long one. I am inheriting an inpatient list that is . . . not short. And I have a hospital group business meeting (mandatory for all employed physicians) from 5:30 – 7:00p, though if I have to go late due to patient care issues that is okay. BUT I only have 3 outpatients. Okay! HERE GOES.
PS: I had an Inbox Zero QUADRAFECTA yesterday — both of my digital and physical inboxes were empty yesterday afternoon! I guess I was gearing up. Obviously they are no longer empty but that’s okay. Weekly (to biweekly) dumps are my style — the batching approach. But it feels so amazing in the moments when everything is (transiently) clear!!
PPS: As you can possibly see above, I went to sleep at 8:40 last night. IT WAS AMAZING. Also, I started The Snow Child. Gorgeous wintry scenes; a lovely call week read.