I recently forgot my computer mouse and felt lost all day! It seriously took extra, valuable minutes to use the mouse pad on my laptop. (I know, I know, there are much bigger problems in the world). I didn’t realize how much of a difference using a mouse would make! My computer mouse problem inspired me to write this post.
Time management in the clinic includes multiple different factors. When we can make small changes, it will add up to a huge impact! Here are a few ways to set yourself up for success.
1. Office environment. Organize your office to help you manage your time. Set up your work space to be welcoming and easy to use. Decluttering your office will also create a more relaxing, less distracting environment. Organize your papers with a To-do pile and a Completed pile. Keep frequently used phone numbers, medication dosages, resources in an easily accessible place. Creating a ready-to-use office environment will help you save time and stress!
2. Taking care of your physical and mental health. Making sure you are fueling yourself with healthy snacks will help your concentration. Same goes for water and avoiding sugary drinks. Adhere to a sleep schedule to help you feel rested! As nurse practitioners, we know how important it is to take care of our overall health! Do the things that bring you more energy throughout the day! Make sure you are meeting your basic needs so you can help care for your patients.
3. Prioritize your time. There are many tasks nurse practitioners need to complete. Not only do we have to see patients and document the visit, we also have to refill medications, review outside documentation, notify patients of their lab results, and respond to the never ending patient messages/phone calls. By creating a basic outline of a schedule and working on prioritizing your time, you can better get through the busy day of an APRN. Make it a habit to check medication refills first thing in the morning and at the end of the day. Respond to patient messages shortly before lunch and at 1600. Prioritize what is important in that moment and focus on the task at hand!
I hope these three tips help you create success for yourself during a busy clinic day! Make the little changes, like not forgetting your computer mouse, and it will save you so much time in the long run!
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