It is very easy for me to tell when I am DONE on a clinical day. The criteria:
- All patients seen + checked out
- All notes done
- EPIC inbox empty
- Work email inbox empty or mostly empty (usually not that hard, I get far fewer emails now that I am not in an administrative role)
I leave often feeling physically or emotionally spent, but I know that I am done.
On a work from home day, I am getting better at finding my rhythm but I am still not quite there when it comes to the end of the day and feeling satisfied/accomplished/complete. I think it’s because there are so many things I am excited about and there’s always another thing I could be doing, such as:
- pre-drafting an episode
- deciding on future guests + communicating with them*
- pre-writing show notes (ideally, I should do these right after recording each episode! In practice . . . that doesn’t usually happen)
- brainstorming BOBW topics or thinking about Patreon content*
- thinking about BLP Live material*
- thinking about / planning for future courses*
- prewriting a blog post
None of things are urgent but many feel important and I think the biggest thing I need to figure out is when to carve out time for the more nebulous ‘deep work’ tasks listed above (the ones with *). Today I recorded two BLP episodes, taught Digital Detox Session #3 (this was great – people are really making changes and we’ve had some great group conversations), had a BOBW-related meeting, filed for an LLC (yay) and had my very last 2 BLPA 1:1 meetings. Plus I’m writing this post 🙂
It was a lot. It was definitely enough, looking at it from this vantage point! But I missed feeling that obvious “I’M DONE” endpoint for the day. I guess truthfully more things are like this than my clinical role! (And even that is never done . . . that is obvious from the barrage of in-basket messages that await me each clinical day).
There is no clear solution, but I’m thinking of trying to create firmer artificial endpoints, if that makes sense. A finite number of tasks and then just acknowledging my work day is over, and moving onto parenting/life/etc, preferably by 5 pm or earlier. I need to NOT expect to do the “*” type work on days that are filled with other things, and instead I just need to block time for the “*” tasks specifically. I AM getting into a better rhythm doing things ahead of time, which feels great!
Anyway, just learning as I go around here.
Unrelated pic of G living her best life: