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Finding the time

September 28, 2012

While thinking about what to write this week, the thought “I just don’t have time to get everything done!” floated across my mind more than once. With midterms upon us, clinical responsibilities, readings to catch up on and conferences to plan, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to get everything done! Being busy comes with the territory of pursuing a future in speech pathology. There will always be too many clients to see, too many meetings to schedule, and too many workshops to host. How is one to deal with it all? How do we find enough time to give our clients the excellent service they deserve and require while still finding time to take care of our own mental health?

The answer, obviously, lies in finding a balance and managing our time. But this is also easier said than done. During the spring semester we were given a seminar lecture on this very topic, and it took me until now to really stop and think about the messages we were taught in that lecture.

Several tips were presented that we all need to keep in mind when life gets overwhelmingly busy.

1. Schedule “Health” –> We need to keep in mind that geting burnt out will put us even further behind. Taking mental health breaks is important for our focus and our ability to cope with everything we have to do.

2. Planning vs Plans –> Taking the time to do a job right from the beginning will ultimately help in the long run. By planning for what might happen, for example in a session with a client, we can help ourselves be prepared for when even our most well laid plans  fall apart.

3. Delegate! –> A common personality trait that connects many SLP’s together is our Type A perfectionist attitude. I know for myself, it can be hard to relinquish control over a project or task, but it is important to keep in mind that we sometimes need the help of other people! (Even if they don’t quite understand your need to color code and alphabetize EVERYTHING).

A quote that was presented during the seminar really summarized the whole issue of time management for me: “You can do anything well; you just can’t do everything well.” We need to reflect on how much we are able to take on and accomplish to the best of our ability, and what we would be better off saying no to. Speechies may be superheroes in disguise, but we all need a break once in a while too!

What do you do to prevent burn-out? What do you do for a mental health break when your to-do list becomes a to-do book? Leave a comment below!

2 Comments leave one →
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    December 19, 2012 11:42 pm

    Finding the time ualbertaslp, seemed to be a perfect blog title to give this
    blog post. Where may I read through even more about this?

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