Shift work can disrupt your natural sleep pattern, resulting in sleep disturbances, accidents, or illnesses. Shift workers may also experience depression because they’re not on the same schedule as family or friends.
Shift work and staffing patterns can increase stress in healthcare workers. On top of this, work demands and patient needs can often take precedence over your personal needs.
Here’s how to balance your work and overall well-being:
Know your needs
Do a self-checkup to be sure that you are meeting your own needs and achieving the goals you have set for yourself. It's difficult to achieve balance and be able to rest when you’re not working. By assessing your needs, adjusting the demands of work, and setting boundaries, you will find it easier to focus on work at work and time with family at home as much as possible.
Work and home life should be as fulfilling and satisfying as possible. Aim to take action to maintain a wise balance between each of these parts of your life.
New physicians may lose passion or satisfaction with their work if they no longer find their work meaningful, which can easily result in burnout. This often happens in a busier work environment, but any physician is susceptible to this frustration if more and more is asked of them each time they come to work.
Outline your purpose in your work by taking into account your goals, family needs, and the mission of your group.
Balancing work and life roles requires good time-management skills. Effective time management involves setting both short-term and long-term goals through careful planning and organization. Establish goals and create a sense of purpose for your work week. Set goals for 30, 60, and 90 days. Write them down, and discuss them with your supervisor to gain additional input.
As you aim to improve your time management, triage your to-do list by assigning tasks and priorities based on level of importance. This will help you understand how to better manage your time and keep the most important tasks at the top of your list.
Reassessing and resetting
Life transitions such as completing residency, getting married, having a baby, or the passing of a loved one should prompt you to reassess and reset both work and life goals.
Assess what works for you and your family in this new time, and aim to work toward your new or existing goals.
Work-life balance is the relationship between your work and the rest of your life, and how these commitments affect one another. Having work-life balance can reduce stress levels, increase focus and concentration, result in higher job satisfaction, and improve health.
Scheduling is a big part of dissatisfaction in the workplace, especially a fast-paced, stressful environment such as medicine. See how Shift Admin can help your group schedule by watching our guide to getting started.