Tired today. And still feeling the transition/growing pains I discussed last week.
It’s so funny – 10/1 I went part time. I’ve already received one smaller paycheck (though it wasn’t that much smaller because the pay period was partially in September when I was full time).
I’ve had literally ONE day to work on my own stuff.
The first week of October was sort of a wash because 10/5 was Yom Kippur, and the kids were home all day. Our nanny was here, but that environment is not really conducive to getting much done. I did have 10/6, in which I recorded something like 5 podcast episodes – batching, yay!
Last week I was on call, and during those weeks I am full time+. However, I only have about ~6 calls weeks/year. Not that frequent.
My current (non-call) patient schedule is Monday / Tuesday / half of Friday. In 2023, it switches to Monday / Weds / half of Friday which will feel more balanced I think!
So, yeah. Thus far I’d say part time does not feel like part time whatsoever, BUT looking at my calendar I know it will get better soon!
ALSO: I need to stop hoarding vacation days – currently I have over 5 weeks built up and this is just . . . more than is necessary. To illustrate my hoarding, I just asked for 1/16 off but offered to work a different weekday that week so that a) we have a place to put those patients (yes, 3 months ahead this is already an issue) and b) so I won’t ‘use up’ a day. But doing this is going to mean squeezing my other working time. I need to think about that.
I do think I am in a field where part time can (and will!) work well. The reality is that I will need to set boundaries (WITHOUT GUILT) and advocate for myself to make it work. At the end of the day, I have to remember I am being paid part time (with part time benefits). I am grateful that this arrangement was supported. And (was going to write “but”, but really it’s “and”), I do not owe anyone full time work.
I am taking a workout rest day today as I did last Tuesday. I probably need one day entirely off from working out each week. My training plan puts that day (currently) on Saturday but that makes no sense so I will move it to Tuesday (and Weds in 2023).
I have been taking each kid out to a 1:1 dinner on a random weeknight. G was first, C was last week, and now A is asking. This is actually a fun way to break up the routine (it qualifies as a “little adventure” I think!). So, I have something to look forward to tonight.
AND IN OTHER NEWS, I survived taking all 3 kids to C’s soccer eval and I finished my (lazy) Halloween costume. And I voted by mail!!!!! So that’s good.