I have written many posts about doing other activities besides medicine. When I was on my subi, I found myself being consumed by work. After working for 12-14 hours, I’d finally make my way home, exhausted from the day. However, I found myself logging onto my computer and looking at the charts of my patients that day. I was checking their vitals. I was reading nursing progress notes. I was keeping track of the medications that they were getting. I was doing this DESPITE officially being done with work that day. I’m here to say: don’t let your work consume you!
I remember casually bringing up the fact that I was chart stalking at home to my resident and he immediately told me to stop doing that. Apparently, my resident had been doing that too! It’s crazy to me that despite working endless hours at the hospital, the next thing I wanted to do was to bring it home with me. I quickly tried to correct this habit. Once I leave the hospital, I make sure to turn off my beeper. I make it a point to stop myself from logging on to the electronic medical record at home.
I write this because I found my behavior concerning. I would go to work during the day, bring work home, and then go to sleep. Rinse and repeat. I had started to deviate from what I wrote about previously–find time for your other hobbies and interests. Keep work at work!