5 Tips On Managing Your Time in a Constantly Changing Work Environment.

The environments in which caregivers work are constantly shifting as patients’ conditions can change for the worse at any time.

Given these fluctuations, the concept of time management sometimes becomes elusive in the health field.

The truth is that if you want to enjoy your work day, you need to manage your time.

You cannot just plow through task after task without any plan even though sometimes it may feel like that’s all you can do.

In this article I want us to consider five tips on how you can manage your time.

 

  • Plan and Prioritize

Carry a notebook where you can write down all that tasks that you need to do.

Write them down at the beginning of the shift, and sort them into sections like;

“Needs immediate attention” and “complete by end of the shift”.

Planning is an important part of starting your day. It allows you to visualize what the day will be like, and this reduces the stress of thinking that you have too much to do with such little time.

 

  • Expect the Unexpected

To imagine that you will have a smooth day with no emergencies or drama is a pleasant thought. However, it is more realistic to prepare for the unexpected so that when it happens it does not throw you off-balance.

When you begin your shift, work quickly and efficiently so that, when the unexpected does occur, you have time set aside to handle it.

Look at time as an investment. When you complete your tasks and have 30 minutes to spare, then that is time that can be used in case of an emergency or any other unexpected situation.

 

  • Delegate

Some of you do not like to delegate and end up getting frustrated because you cannot do everything.

There is so much to do when working in a health setting that you need the assistance and support of others.

If you hope to delegate, working well with others is important.

Being kind and friendly will always be rewarding – particularly with nurses, because when you are overwhelmed with work they will be willing to help you out.

 

  • Avoid Procrastination

It’s easy to get into the habit of convincing yourself that you will do it later.

At the end of the shift, though, you either forget to do the task that you postponed, or you find that you have to stay over after the shift ends to complete your work.

Staying over at work after the shift ends usually gets you in trouble with your employer, particularly if you expect to get paid for the extra time that you spent working.

No employer wants to pay you for work that you could have completed during your 8 or 12 hour shift.

 

  • Learn To Say No

It is important to let others know that the work load is overwhelming and that you simply cannot take on any other tasks.

Be skillful in the way that you say no.

Don’t yell at them or say stuff like, “can’t you see I’m busy!”

Talk to them in a professional manner, allowing them to see things from your point of view. Let them know that if you get some time later, you may be able to do the task that they want you to do.

As much as your work environment is constantly changing, you can still manage your time well and have a productive day that you will feel happy about at the end of your shift.

How do you manage your time at work? I would like to hear from you.

 

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Comments

  1. Wow, great post.Really thank you!

    • Joyce says:

      Welcome!

  2. Ann Najjar says:

    I hate to say this, but I manage my time around my 30-minute lunch break. First rounds before, second rounds after. Then charting and odds and ends until time to leave.

    • Joyce says:

      It looks like you work in a very busy environment.
      The important thing is that you’ve found a way to manage your time.
      I hope you do get a break at some time of the day.