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5 Barriers to Overcome: Effective Time Management for Nurses
Success in the nursing profession requires fine tuned time management skills. The 5 common barriers to time management for nurses are disorganization, distraction, perfectionism, procrastination, and rigidity. Chances are you get will be less productive resulting to less effectiveness. This in turn creates stress and decreases focus, consistency, and patience.
Disorganization, or the inability to organize your environment frivol away time. The havoc and stress created by looking for something misplaced or possibly gone in a cluttered area is a waste of time.
To beat this, keep necessary things in a specific area. Eliminate the cluttering attitude and create a good filing system. Follow what is scheduled and ensure all necessary materials and information are readily available.
Distraction comes in many forms. Focus. Learn to avoid distractions by working in areas where you are less likely to be disturbed. Tell people in a polite manner that you are busy and must not be disturbed. Make sure you take your allotted breaks to battle tiredness as it is easier to get distracted and make mistakes when you are fatigued.
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Perfectionism can easily lead to procrastination. The fear of failure is an erroneous thinking, it can often mean you find yourself setting aside tasks because you feel you cannot complete them perfectly. If you continue to be anxious about completing every task perfectly - you will never complete it at all!
Examine what things are preventing you from getting the job done. Analyze whether or not your efforts to get the job done are really improving things. Determine how well, or how poorly, a planned action will turn out. Then pick what action you wish to take and stick with it. Learn to enjoy the process and view mistakes as opportunities for growth and learning. Remember, nothing is perfect.
Procrastination affects every aspect of ones life. It is a habit. A time thief. A negative pattern of behavior that delays important tasks for unnecessary reasons. The first line of defense against this bad habit is overcoming procrastination by identifying why you are procrastinating.
Rigidity is vital to develop a habit of following your schedule. But some people become too rigid that they don't allow change in any way, where unexpected things might come up. Nurses, due to diversity of situations, should allocate flexibility on their daily activities.
There will always be a rapid alteration of priorities, which nurses re-assess constantly and respond to the ever-changing demands of the patient. Allow time for errors and unexpected situations to butt in, re-evaluate the plan and make adjustments.
Time Management for Nurses
Learning nursing time management skills will drastically improve your work life, and some of those positive effects will spill over to your personal life. You will get to have more time to do the things you enjoy.
And who wouldn't want more time to do the things they enjoy?
I am not a nurse, and have never been a nurse. This article was written with the help of a friend who spent many years as a nurse.
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