Wait What Day Is It?

July 3, 2024

Seriously. Someone with as many planners as I have should not feel disoriented in time, but here we are.

I mean, I *know* what day it is. I just have to think about it kind of hard each time I start planning for what is coming up. There is something about the weeks varying so much that plays with my sense of time.

I was texting my parents/sister something like “hey, what should we do on the 4th?” and then realized that my question was about TOMORROW. Ha. I am looking forward to the trip!! This is the THIRD consecutive year I’ve been in Philadelphia with the kids (2022, 2023). There will probably be a Zoo venture, LOTS of cousin time (excited of G to hang with M – she is closer to G’s age than A/C!), and some live recording + fun with Laura. As a bonus, I’ll get to run in something like ~72F with 90% humidity instead of 80F and 90% humidity! Not a HUUUUUGE upgrade, but still preferable.

I also wanted to share a note that I have shared 39434 times before because maybe someday I will learn from myself: I. Am. Always. Tired. After. Call!!!! I assign myself things for the Tuesday after call because (logically) there are things to be done that backed up during call. But I never take my post-call brain and body into consideration and generally feel disappointed.

I got a few things done (but not everything) and then actually took the weirdest-timed nap ever at 5:30 pm because every cell in my body was begging for one. At one point I thought I might be getting sick, but nope. I’m 100% fine today. It’s just the feeling of post-call.


Simple but should be effective. I will think really hard before I put much of anything in that slot 🙂


  • Reply Gillian July 3, 2024 at 4:47 pm

    It’s too bad your trip or the weather weren’t shifted by a couple of days! It was 60 degrees at my house outside NYC this morning when I set out on my run at 8 am.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 3, 2024 at 5:00 pm

      oh I KNOW! But then I told myself — I got good weather for my marathon when it mattered. CANNOT really complain about a random 4 day weekend in July!!

  • Reply Sophie July 3, 2024 at 4:52 pm

    What a great idea to put a note to your future self! I need to do this after work trips, big deadlines etc, because these are what makes me tired and non-productive the day after. Glad you are recovered now. Also, I took a couple of hours yesterday afternoon and did a mid-year planning mini-retreat, just like you suggested. It was so helpful and fun!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 3, 2024 at 5:01 pm

      I’m so happy you did one!!! So great!

  • Reply Raquel July 3, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    I always get inspired to plan when I read your post. You make me think of things I need to think of.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 4, 2024 at 9:35 am

      Aww thank you!!

  • Reply Elisabeth July 3, 2024 at 6:01 pm

    Planning things in is shockingly effective. Somehow we seem to only write down the concrete to-do’s but more fluid needs can easily get overlooked.
    Simple but genius, Sarah!

  • Reply Marjorie July 4, 2024 at 8:02 am

    I always am completely wiped out after a business trip, which happens around 7-10x/year, about half of them international. It’s taken me years to recognize that I need the day after to completely recover: after unpacking my bag I just do nothing. Not even laundry. If I can read a page in a magazine that’s something, but usually I just binge watch a favorite old TV show and call it a win. Now I preschedule them at the same time I plan the trip so that I don’t even have to think about it, and my team knows not to expect me at all on that day.

  • Reply jennystancampiano July 4, 2024 at 9:36 am

    Ooh, have a great trip! I know what you mean about being disoriented- especially this week. I think it’s where the 4th fell- I keep thinking tomorrow’s Monday. Anyway, enjoy those cool(er) runs!

  • Reply sesb July 4, 2024 at 10:58 am

    At my institution technically our post call days are off, but we are also told explicitly that we should do work on post call days (“Why not just do your PALS recertification/work on that manuscript post call?”), which leadership will vehemently deny if asked, but then they do it again. Fun! It is truly soul sucking. I have been quiet quitting this aspect of my job for the past 9 months, and planning nothing / non-strenuous exercise, both of which somewhat ameliorate my level of post-call despair. Vegetating in front of the tv is also helpful. I just wish call wasn’t 24h three times per month, and that it didn’t take me 3-7 days to recover from each one.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 4, 2024 at 4:18 pm

      That totally sucks and would really bother me too. My call is obviously very different in that I’m not up for 168 continuous hours but I am the same in that it takes days to fully recover and also to pick up the pieces of my life that got neglected over the prior week.

      • Reply Sesb July 4, 2024 at 8:02 pm

        Girl, yes. We had to do your sort of call when we were on pain for a week at a time… it was soooooo much worse.

  • Reply San July 4, 2024 at 8:26 pm

    I swear, writing things down is so, so helpful 🙂 Enjoy the 4th of July!

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