Day 3 - 7 Day Nurse to Writer Challenge

Ideal Work Week

Welcome to DAY THREE of the 7 Day Nurse to Writer Challenge. If you haven’t listened to the prior episode, I recommend you go back and start at Episode 116.

If you haven’t joined the challenge yet, here’s the link to join: https://savvynursewriter.com/challenge/

Here we go into DAY 3!

What Is an Ideal Work Week?

An Ideal Work Week is your incredibly optimistic version of the way you’d love to spend your time each week. 

It’s not a dream but a reality. You map out your week from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed and see where the gaps are. Let’s get started.

Ideal Workweek process

Start with a blank piece of paper or Google Doc.

Remember, in the last lesson we talked all about the hour of power? I want you to map that into your schedule first. Then, add in your hours for your job (I know, if it’s nursing, it can be scattered, but make a general guess). Now, add in the demands of life, children’s activities, etc.

You are going to have a different week than anyone else.

Now, take your planner calendar. I use Google Calendar because of everything talks (and it’s free). I love the fact that I can share it too with my son and husband. I also like that I can make an idea work week and not share it with anyone but myself to help me plan. This helps me know if I am protecting my ideal work week and my time.

Test it out

Try it out for the rest of this week. You will make tweaks; that’s normal. Start to match up your low energy activities with your high energy ones.

I laid out my plan for next Tuesday below:

4:45-5:00am – Wake up, make coffee, feed animals, stretch

5:00am-7:00am – TWO Hours of power – deep writing work

7:00am-9:00am – Tend to garden, wake up boys, make breakfast, workout, shower, laundry, cleaning, start virtual learning

9:00-11:30am – Virtual learning next to son. Keep laptop nearby and do small tasks (respond to email, social media)

11:30am – 12:30pm – Break, make lunch, call for appt, get mail etc.

12:30-3:00pm – Virtual learning and checking more emails and assignments, fold laundry, clean up

3:00pm-3:30pm – break time, take a walk/bikeride with my kids

3:30pm – 5:00 pm – prep dinner, put laundry away, make phone calls

5:00pm – 6:00pm – dinner prep and eat

6:00pm – 8:00pm – Deep work again

8:00pm – 9:30pm – bathe kids, put them to bed, catch up with husband

9:30pm – 10:00pm – wind down and go to sleep

My biggest tip is to make sure your energy levels line up with your tasks to be done during that time period. If you don’t, you won’t be productive.

While you’re testing your calendar, feel free to adjust.

“My ideal week isn’t working.”

Sometimes, we can’t get the real calendar to match up with our ideal work week calendar. I’m sure this happened to many parents who are doing the virtual learning. I used to have ALL DAY to myself grow my business; now, it’s far from. I had to take time to readjust. It takes time, and I am still readjusting as our weeks go on.

Again, this looks different for everyone, but the key to remember is that 100 percent is generally unattainable, so that can’t be your benchmark for success.

Accept that perfection isn’t the goal

Your ideal work week will never be perfect, and that’s okay. We will have vet appointments, personal appointments, or days we need to focus on ourselves instead of working. It’s important to realize that it’s okay (and even normal) if your expectation doesn’t meet reality and to accept the things you can’t change.

Try it out. If anything, I guarantee you will see some gaps in your schedule where you can add in work time.

Come on over to the Savvy Nurse Writer Community  to visit with other writers who are doing this challenge 🙂

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