You might have noticed that it’s been a little quiet around the blog last week. Not because I didn’t have anything to say. I always have something to say. 🙂 But sometimes we have to evaluate what is on our plate and make a different plan.
That is what happened to me last Sunday. I had applied for a short-term seasonal job administering flu vaccines at local schools. I didn’t think I was going to get any work, but then Sunday I got an email that I was scheduled for Monday and the rest of the week.
Additionally, I had offered to work as a Team Coordinator for the clinics. What I didn’t know was that as Team Coordinator, the “hub” was located 1.5 hours away, and I would be making the trek at o’dark thirty each morning to pick up vaccines, rental car, etc. and then driving another 1.5 back to set up clinics in various schools. At the end of the day, I would just reverse my trip back to the hub and then return home.
Needless to say, I spent a lot of hours driving last week. A lot of hours. And I really hadn’t planned for it.
As the week started and I learned more about what was required, I knew it was going to be a long week.
I also recognized that I had a choice. I could embrace the crazy (I truly did not expect to be working 12-14 hour days but that’s what they have turned into with the drive time) and decide what was NOT going to get done this week, or I could moan and complain about how this was going to wreak havoc on my week, my to-do list, my sleep, etc.
While I really wanted to go the complaining route, I knew it would make my week miserable. I’m also pretty sure I would make those I love miserable too. Not a good thing. For any of us.
So I chose differently. I chose NOT to do a lot of things last week – like working on my November goal, writing on this blog, housework, and many others.
I chose to embrace this temporary job and prioritize the things I needed to do – like homework with the kids, family meal time, and SLEEP! I told myself that I can do anything for two weeks!
I’m so glad I made the right choice. It made a huge difference.
This weekend, I was tempted to look around and fuss about how behind I was on everything, and then I just had to let it go. I did what I could yesterday and today at home. And that is good enough. (so hard for a Type A like me)
I discovered that I am enjoying this work so much. It’s nice to have simple work days that aren’t complicated by the challenges of hospital nursing. But honestly, the best part of the week has been working with children again. I think somewhere along the line in my nursing career, I forgot my love for pediatrics (which is where I started) and how they make me smile!
Next week is another week of much the same, so there are some things that will be going on my not-to-do list next week while I embrace what’s in front of me and let the rest go.
I encourage you to look at your week. Do you need to make your own “not-to-do list” to help prioritize your week? Make the good choice – do what you can and let the rest go!