Never be late for your shift again: 5 time management tricks that work


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Learning how to get to work on time isn’t like searching for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. It really is possible to arrange your life so you aren’t always rushing to be on time—something that’s particularly important in nursing because of the team aspect of the job.

So, whether your shift begins early in the morning, mid-afternoon or late at night, here are five tips that may help you gather yourself—and your things—before report starts.

1. Give yourself the gift of time.
No matter which shift you work, you have to get yourself out of bed and on your way with time to spare.

Be realistic and calculate how long it takes to get up, showered, dressed, fed and out the door, with enough time for a safe commute. If you have children, their needs have to be factored in, too. Now, take that time and add a good 15 minutes or so. Set your alarm to give yourself this calculated time. The extra 15 minutes will give you a head start and provide a cushion for something that could go wrong, such as a lost homework assignment, the dog upsetting his water bowl or burnt toast.

By the way, the snooze button is not your friend. Break up with it if you’ve become too attached. The snooze button is a great time sucker.

Marijke Durning
Marijke is a professional writer who began her working career as a registered nurse over 25 years ago. After working in clinical areas ranging from rehab to intensive care, as a floor nurse to a supervisor, she found she could combine her extensive health knowledge with her love of writing. Although she has been published in a wide variety of publications for professionals and the general public, her passion is writing for the every day person to promote health literacy.

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