well, before i ended up having to carry a clip board to accommodate all the junk i had to carry around with me, i used to make "to do" lists on the back on my "brains". i started making these lists of all the things i had to do before i went to work and put them in the order they needed to be done with the least important stuff at the bottom. as i did things i would cross them off the list. in my early days as an rn, these lists helped me learn to organize and prioritize.
another thing i used to do was make a simple grid with times at the top and patient room number down the side. i put check marks in the grid for those that needed meds or iv piggybacks at the times due. i could see at a glance when i needed to attend to a med.
organizing and prioritizing is always a work in progress. you get better at it over time, but there is always a curve ball being thrown at you that will force you to tweak the system you already have in place. this is something that takes months and years to master, so don't be discouraged at your first attempts with this if you don't feel you are being successful. time and experience have a lot to contribute to this skill.
- how to make a todo list
- how to manage your time
- time management from mind tools
- prioritizing effectively
- prioritizing your day to accomplish more. again, another site for business, but the principles for nursing are there and sound.
- setting priorities.
- how to break the procrastination habit