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Managing my time used to come very easily to me whether it
came to work, school, or both.  As I am
getting older, I have realized I seem to not have enough time in the day to do
everything.  After reading through
multiple articles, this article related to me the most. 

In the article “If There’s Never Enough Time, Time
Management Isn’t Your Real Problem”, Jenn Lofgren suggests that time management
is all based on the decisions we make and how we prioritize all of our tasks at
hand(Lofgren, 2017).  Before you can make
decisions or choose which task to do, it is recommended that you analyze your
performance for at least a week.  Once
your week is over, review how you spent your time.  As nurses, we do not like to tell people
no.  This is one of the issues related to
time management, due to taking on too many tasks.  This article also touches on where to put
each task at hand within the four “D’s”: do, decide, delegate, or delete
(Lofgren, 2017).  The “do” category is
tasks that need to be completed now, for example, a patient with a blood sugar
of 40 or a paper that is due within the next two hours.  The “decide” category is prioritizing which
patients needs need to be met first.  The
“delegate” category is something that needs to be complete but can be done by
another staff member like a patient care assistant helping a patient to the
bathroom.   The last category is “delete” are unnecessary
tasks that you have added to your agenda that is simply wasting your time.

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Understanding that time management can be affected by so
many obstacles is very important. For me it’s making the important decisions on
where to put each task in the four categories as stated above.  To manage my time more effectively, I have
realized I need to delegate more at home tasks to my family to allow myself the
extra time to focus on school.  I feel
this will help me free up more time to meet deadlines, be proactive, and learn
to get rid of unnecessary tasks that fill up my day.

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