As a nurse, you spend most of your time working in the hospital and other health care facilities. It’s one of the reasons why nurses become workaholics and have trouble taking time off from work. They don’t want to miss out on any opportunities that could make them more productive at their jobs. Unfortunately, this mindset can also lead them astray from enjoying life with their families and friends outside work hours.
Be smart with technology.
That’s why it’s important to use technology to your advantage. If you are already using a calendar for work, then this is a great way to manage your time. You can set up specific tasks and reminders so that they don’t get missed.
If you want to be more efficient with how you spend your time, then try setting up a schedule for the day in which you will complete all of your tasks. For example: during lunch break I will eat, then at 4 pm I’m going to take my break from 7 pm till 8pm before getting back into bedtime routine activities such as reading or watching TV shows or movies on DVR recording devices like TIVO devices or other streaming video services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video etc…
Spend more time with family and friends.
One of the most essential things for a nurse is to spend time with family and friends. This is especially true when you are working long hours and your days are filled with constant stress. When you have little time for yourself, it is easy for your loved ones to feel like second priority.
However, it does not have to be this way! There are many ways that nurses can make more time for their loved ones in their busy lives. Some include:
- Sitting down together to eat dinner instead of eating at different times each night or grabbing something on the go because they don’t want to sit down and eat while they’re hungry (which will inevitably lead them to overeat).
- Spending an afternoon playing or watching TV together instead of leaving right after work so they can “reward themselves” by going out with friends or getting groceries/shopping done alone before bedtime hits – which then leads into isolation from loved ones later on when they finally come home exhausted because no one was there waiting for them…
Create a weekly schedule and stick to it.
Create a weekly schedule and stick to it. Planning your day in advance can help keep you on track, especially when things get hectic. Use a calendar to help you stay focused. Make sure to have time for yourself, your family and friends, and your health by scheduling these items into your daily life.
Don’t become a workaholic.
Your body, you will soon realize, is a machine. It needs time to rest and recuperate. If you work too much, your body will show signs of wear and tear. You can’t expect to keep working without taking days off from time to time. Take a break! Step outside for some fresh air; have lunch with friends; go for an afternoon stroll through the park or around your neighborhood. Your body will recognise later if you give it a chance to rest now and then (and of course, get plenty of sleep).
Don’t try to save money at the expense of your health.
The hospital will be there. The most important think is takeing care of yourself is more important than saving money.
If you’re trying to live a healthy and balanced life, it’s important not to be a workaholic. You can’t find time to exercise or eat healthy if you are constantly running around at the hospital or working long hours at home (or both). One way that I found helpful in avoiding being a workaholic was by taking my lunch breaks outside instead of eating in my office with other coworkers. Even though this meant spending money on food rather than saving money, it was worth it because I got some fresh air, sunlight and social interaction with people who aren’t also nurses—which is something we need too!
Carry your clothes around.
It takes more time to get ready for work in the morning. You have to take a shower, dry your hair, and put on makeup. Then you have to find clothes that match and decide on an outfit for the day. But what if we told you that all this could be done beforehand? Carrying a few go-to shirts and NZ made pants around means never having to look for them again or spend time ironing or doing laundry.” This is also helpful because it saves time when you come home from work at night as well. Prepare your scrubs uniforms beforehand so you won’t have to rush in the morning.
Take care of your body and mind.
In order to be at your best, you need to take care of your body and mind. You can do this by eating healthy, exercising and getting enough sleep.
- You have to eat lots of vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
- Get some physical activity every day for at least 30 minutes or more if possible.
- Sleep at least 8 hours per night (9-10 hours if you’re over 50).
- Don’t ignore your health concerns, thinking it’s nothing serious. For example, if you have a headache, try to tackle it by consulting with a headache clinic to find the root cause.
The end line is that you want to take care of physically and mentally. Don’t let your job consume you and make decisions that are ultimately going to make it harder for you in the long run. Take some time off when possible, spend more time with family and friends—and if all else fails, just go out on a date once in a while!