The challenge of my current schedule is that I must juggle my responsibilities between my core rotation and those of my clinic, to which I am obligated to spend time as well.
Sometimes it means missing out on some good learning opportunities due to conflicting schedules. Other times, the days off of one schedule coincide with the days on of another. I can be particularly hit hard if, like today, the day could have been spent sleeping post night shift.
Thankfully these scheduling anomalies are few and far between. However, when I think about how well established the challenges of balance are in residency, having an awareness of these issues can go a long way towards improving resident resilience.
Having a healthy balance in my life is important to me. When I feel like I have overextended myself, I will try to take a step back and re-evaluate my priorities and how I can restore some balance to my life.
From the sounds of things, you are having some challenges with having some time for yourself which could make you more prone to burn out. I certainly cannot give any particular recommendations since I do not know your full situation such as financial pressures or other factors. Having said that, I think you need to look at what matters to you and decide if you need to reduce some of your burdens to give yourself some breathing room.
School can be a little overwhelming at times and so sometimes I do find myself focusing more on studying than spending time with my family and friends. I would not say that I love the former more than the latter, but rather the commitments required of medicine can sometimes be overpowering and resulting in me being neglectful of others.
Finding that balance between the two, keeping them separate is something that I still strive for. While I may not have all the time in the world to commit to everything, setting time aside for myself and for those in my life is a crucial part of what I consider to be a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Hi there anonymous, I try to give myself a bit of time each day, on top of the short breaks in between my study sessions. I do have time I sort of reserve for blogging and doing other things that I am interested in like exercise or just relaxing as you say. However, this free time does vary by day and circumstance.
I try to find a balance between what I need to do immediately and what I can do a bit later, figure out my priorities and go from there. Whatever time is left over is what I work with to plan the rest of my day.
Friday nights or Saturday mornings can sometimes be a designated free time for me. It really does depend on the situation. What I have outlined here has worked well for me but it may not be for everyone. I hope what I have described might give you some ideas as to how you can manage your time. Good luck to you and I hope things turn out.