here's some information on organizing and prioritizing. the first thing i would start doing is making a list of the things you have to do and arranging it in order of the most important at the top.
- 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.
you have to make a determination and distinction between which tasks are important and those that are urgent. now, for nurses, this can change at a moment's notice. something that was not so important an hour ago can suddenly become urgent. so, you need to have a little group of questions to ask yourself when deciding what you should be doing and when.
- what is the most important thing for me to be doing right now?
- what deadlines have i got? if deadlines are now then they win. is your deadline negotiable? can you buy extra time and do it later? (see the link below about procrastination.) if the deadline is non-negotiable, stop what you are doing and go do it.
- what happens if i don't do this? (this is the most frequently asked time management question) question the value of everything you do and how you do it. think through your routine tasks or tasks that simply take too much time - are you doing them for a reason or from habit? is this important? is this urgent? do i have to do this? can i do this differently?