Working as nurse for several years has allowed me to learn how to effectively prioritize my actives on a daily basis. Several researchers, including Joe Landsberger (Study Guides and Strategies, 1996), have stated that it is important to help yourself become aware of how you use your time. Creating a list and prioritizing it can help schedule goals around plans, and leisure time around running errands. It is important to separate the daily "to do" list form the "in the near future." This keeps goals within a tangible manner. Setting realistic and achievable daily obligations and straying from overloading yourself is essential. I believe, if something can not be completed today, it could be set aside to be done first thing tomorrow.
Managing time is crucial since there are long work hours and short time to spend leisurely. With remembering to maintain a healthy lifestyle, one can end up burnt-out easily. Learning to apply work, play and rest together can help greatly. For example, making lunch for the family on a Saturday could easily turn into a local picnic at the park. After feeding the kids, I could have my in-laws watch them safely play while I walk over to the local bank to make a deposit, and pick up the dry cleaning next door. While I am making my rounds I make a few important phone calls on the way back to the park. Being creative during work can help relieve the monotonous routine we feel to be in at times.