When you’re the in-home caregiver for a patient, regardless of their state, there are countless tasks that you have on your plate any given day. While some of these tasks are smaller and others are quite daunting, the one thing that you can do to ensure that your day to day schedule isn’t overwhelming is figuring out a way to manage your tasks on a day to day basis.
At Evergreen Home Healthcare, we’ve been able to provide the Greeley, Denver, Westminster, Fort Collins and surrounding areas with the care that they deserve. Over the years we’ve found a few methods that make the care process as organized as possible. Keep reading to discover a few of the things that you can do to make managing your tasks as easy as possible.
Make a List
All time management and organization techniques mention list creation. There’s something about making a list and working through it that increases the likelihood of you completing everything that needs to get done. More importantly than helping you work through this list of things is the fact that writing it down ensures that nothing gets forgotten.
As a medical professional, there are few things more terrifying than forgetting a step in the process, a medication distribution, or a part of the care routine that your patient needs. By writing down a list, you can help yourself get through each of the tasks.
Pro-tip: If the list that you write out is compiled of tasks that range in importance and difficulty, find a way to organize the list in a way that makes sense. Whether it be from most important to least or most challenging to easiest, this can help you get through the day swiftly.
Certain items on your list may require a set time for you to complete a task. Rather than leave these types of tasks to your memory, use the tools that you have available. Smartphones all offer alarms that make it easy for you to ensure that all tasks that are on the clock in regards to completion get done on time. Even if you’ve decided to write these tasks down on your list, adding an alarm to the mix can really make sure that you don’t forget to complete said task.
Pro-tip: While alarms can be extremely helpful, they can also go overlooked. If you’re worried that you’re going to miss an alarm, set up a backup alarm. That way even if you miss the first alarm, you don’t entirely miss the window for this task.
Breaks always sound like a great thing to work into your day, until you’re going through the motions and realize that it’s incredibly challenging to make this a routine part of the schedule. Though breaks can be challenging to factor into the routine, they’re absolutely necessary. Not only do breaks give you a second to catch your breath, but they also give you a chance to check into your list of tasks that need to be completed and gain bearing on where you are with everything.
Pro-tip: Schedule your breaks and take them. It’s easy to say you’re going to take a break but actually giving yourself a second to catch your breath can be much more difficult than it sounds. While it may be tough to step away from work, you’ll be glad that you did when you finally reset.
Another piece of advice that is easier said than done. Procrastination is one of the leading causes of high-stress levels and frustration. With this job, procrastination is not something that you want to become a part of your routine. Whether the task is unenjoyable or it’s time-consuming, it’s best to get the task done as quickly as possible.
Not only will you be thankful when the task is done, but it allows for your day to keep moving. Procrastination is really just a time-eater that pushes the rest of your tasks back, so avoid coming up with excuses, get the job done, and move on.
Pro-tip: Schedule the most difficult tasks at the beginning of the day when you still have lots of energy. Getting them done early on will leave you more time to finish the remainder of your tasks. Think of it as ripping the band-aid off your to-do list off!
Ask For Help
If you’re still in need of ideas on how to manage the tasks you have as a caregiver, ask for help! Countless caregivers have stumbled upon this issue including your team at Evergreen Home Healthcare. Reach out to your team members, and we’d be more than happy to help you figure some ways to manage your time better!