First of all, I am pleasantly surprised at how non-disastrous this time change has felt thus far. I think it is because I am far better at waking up early / going to be early compared to waking up late / going to bed late.
And apparently the kids were overtired because bedtime has not been a hideous struggle like I thought it might be.
I am at a work juncture where I have a seemingly overwhelming number of things to get done all at the same time. Most of it is GME related, but we have been clinically busy as well (my EPIC Inbox was pretty close to ZERO yesterday though — not without a good deal of effort!).
I am going to attempt more classic Cal Newport-style time blocking for several days this week (today, Thursday, and Friday). I don’t find this is necessary on my clinical days, when my objectives are pretty clear for much of the day:
DEAL WITH STUFF IN CLINICAL INBOX
MAYBE JUMP TO EMAIL A FEW TIMES THROUGHOUT AND PUT OUT FIRES. (I hate doing this but sometimes it feels necessary).
But on non-clinical days things are much more ill-defined, though often fragmented by meetings etc.
Today I have meetings at 7:45a – 8:45a, 12p – 1p, 1p – 2p plus I scheduled my very first mammogram (!). I’m hoping this should be quick and will bring my work with me so I can do it while waiting.
In the blocks of time remaining, I have assigned myself fairly specific tasks to complete. Unfortunately, it still looks mildly overwhelming so perhaps I scheduled too many things. I will also pointedly ignore my clinical inbox because tomorrow is a full patient day and I can deal with it all then.
Will report back!
Also, I finished this:
I enjoyed reading this, and found the writing was elegant and beautiful. It made me sad, though. I think that was perhaps the author’s intent. There were also a couple of references to Station Eleven (including the use of a character) that suggested this was sort of an alternate world to that (very) dystopian outcome. Just thinking about that book makes me mildly ill. Dystopian worlds are not really my thing.
I just dove into Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and I already like it.