Year so far . . .
I love this time of year. One question I have is: how can one extend the January newness and enthusiasm around goals for as long as possible?
Because it feels good to start new things, and it feels satisfying to feel like you are living in a way that is more aligned with what you want out of life. There’s also an inexplicable anticipation about a year stretched out in front of you, though this seems silly, since nothing is guaranteed and no one knows which 365 period will be the last.
One thing that helps me is continuously embracing the fresh starts that come up every quintile / month / week / day. But I will admit October 1st just doesn’t carry the same panache as January 1st. So I guess I might as well just embrace this time of year as a special one and try to carry the magic (and the habits) for as long as I can.
Somehow I got back to inbox zero yesterday!!! I had a full day of patients (well, one no-show which created a helpful block in the morning during which I went into turbocharged EPIC cleanout mode) and left around 5 pm. My estimates were pretty close (fewer Patient Messages due to staff being smart about me being away, but more lab results!) and I am sure there will be some Patient Advice Request ping pong but when I left both my work email and EPIC looked like this and I was pretty thrilled about it.
(I think the frenetic electronic activities gave me my first migraine in weeks however. It’s not a terrible one though and I have been able to hold off on medicating so far.)
((Also, not to add to my burgeoning goals lists but I need to drink more water and maybe electrolytes while I’m at work to see if it helps prevent a headache. I honestly do not get thirsty but will go the entire workday with like ~10 oz fluid intake, and while it does save me bathroom trips I suspect it may contribute to headaches.))
So far I think I like my new M/W/F clinical schedule (was previously M / T / F)! Knowing that I always have a slower more self-paced day after a clinic day (with the exception of call weeks of course) feels really good. Today Josh will take the kids to school (it’s his one day/week) so I “slept in” until 5:30 and will not run until ~7:30 am (late and hopefully not too hot).
Anyway, happy First Days of the year.