Everything comes down to time management. You have to make sure there is enough time for your job, your significant other, your family, your friends, taking the kids to soccer practice and ballet lessons, the dog has to go to the vet, and somewhere in between all of that you are supposed to breathe and have time for yourself. In all this commotion, it can be hard to remain calm and stress free, especially for busy nurse managers struggling to keep track of other staff members and daily tasks. Exhausting!
Here are some helpful tips to remember while trying to manage your time and remain stress free:
- Focus your time and energy: Make a to-do list to keep your day on track, prioritize your tasks and take care of what you need to do, and delegate tasks to others when you see fit.
- Expect the unexpected: Remember that no matter how much planning goes into each day, surprises are bound to happen. But with your to-do list already made up, you will be able to quickly get things back on track.
- Communicate with your staff efficiently and succinctly: Keep a pad of paper handy when making rounds with staff members. Take note of any suggestions, comments, or tasks that need to be taken care of, and designate a specific time to check and respond to emails or phone calls each day.
- Find a daily respite: Take daily breaks so that you can remain alert and efficient as you carry out tasks or duties that day. Consider taking the stairs instead of the elevator or a quick walk outside to help reduce stress that may have developed throughout the day.
- Energize yourself at home: Plan events and outings that you enjoy with friends and family. Try to limit phone, BlackBerry, and computer use. Remember to take some “me” time at the end of the day and relax.
What is it that works best for you to maintain a healthy balance between work and home? Have you developed your own checklist or mantra in your facility? If you found yourself in a stressful situation, do you have a support group or ritual that you use?