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Yearly Archive: 2016

30 Days to Becoming More Productive

We all want to be more productive, no matter what job we pursue. Any department in a hospital knows of what I speak as a lot of coordination has to take place. Using whatever tools we have at hand, We owe it to the people around us to perform at our maximum. It makes their work lighter and it is a most respectful gesture. The whitecoat clipboard is the supreme tool to make organization instantly happen. Everyone will know their job and where they are supposed to be at any given time. Each member of the team knows where they stand.

This clipboard is basically a fancy to-do list that will focus the work day and keep employees on track. The whitecoat medical clipboard has the advantage of opening up to store things inside to maximize the dissemination of information. Your list can be in plain view along with anything else you need like pens and contact information. It simply keeps momentum going. It is definitely one of those things you will want to try for thirty days to see how much it improves productivity.

You can get them ready made, although not entirely customized to your liking. You can make and update your own with color-coded magnets, charting materials, and dry-erase tools. It is best to start with a pre-prepared whitecoat clipboard if you haven’t worked with them before. Many are created just for hospital use and include mounting hardware and anything you need to operate it. They are designed for surgical programs, nurses, ER tracking, therapy schedules, clinic traffic flow, patient schedules, and incident reports.

I like custom boards that come as a kit with printed titles. You get column headings so you can fill in the fields as needed. Some boards have you make your own modifications. Patient details for example are easy to store and post.

Top quality whiteboards with porcelain-like dry erase magnetic surface will not stain, crack or fade over a lifetime of daily use. They come in different sizes and configurations. There are printed whiteboards with grids columns and rows. Some companies produce as many as 300 whiteboard kits that are task specific.

Once you commit to the concept it is easy to train staff to use the boards consistently and productively. Think of the errors you will avoid and the time you will save having boards as your organizational tools. It’s not that I am trying to sell the boards for some personal gain. I have seen poorly-crafted makeshift versions that defy productivity in hospitals that beg to be replaced. Productivity is more than boards, of course, and it takes training of staff in the goals and objectives of each team. Appointing the right leadership will ensure best results. Students, nurses, and healthcare professionals all agree that whiteboards are time-saving guides. After all, they have been designed by people who work in the very same places where they will be utilized. An awful lot can be accomplished with their use.

Yes, You Can (and Stay on Budget)

Good habits make for an easier life. Eating right, getting enough sleep, exercising, staying organized and orderly are all good directions to follow. They lead to health, wealth, and happiness. Saving money is another big one t add to the list, perhaps one of the most important. If you have money problems, everything else falls by the way side. It is not easy to set good money habits for yourself, and a good place to begin is with an acceptable and strict budget. The problem with them is that people let them go. They make excuses on a regular basis for ignoring what they have decided. Budgets are for everything you buy: large and small. Of course if you want to buy a house you set budget parameters. The same goes for a car or a boat. The bigger the item, the more you must have an established goal that you simply cannot exceed. But, people often forget about the little things that add up. If you seek good prices and discounts, you will keep your budget under control. Each bit of savings is that much more you can spend on something else. So a great rule in life is to live by a budget. Make that a family practice.

Let’s look at a smaller ticket item like a cheap hot tub – let’s say under $500. Let’s say this is the next family purchase. You don’t just run out and get the first one you see because you are in a hurry and don’t want to spend the time looking for bargains. You also don’t get the cheapest one if you care about quality. You look into the right mixture of low price and good, reliable construction. No one wants to pay more than they have to, but no one wants inferior goods. You can get a deluxe model of a hot tub every day of the week, but do you really need one with LED exterior lights and a spill over waterfall? A hot tub is a soaking tub of sorts for you to enjoy with family and friends. Just make sure it is big enough for several people and that the heating unit if fast and reliable. It must fit the space you have designated and look attractive in its new home on your patio or in your yard. You can find nice wood construction or aluminum—it is all a matter of price. At the low end are inflatable hot tubs. You can find most anything you want without breaking the bank. Just make it a habit to stay on budget and you can’ go wrong and stray.

So here is one example of being budget conscious and how easy it is to comply. With any product, there are dozens and dozens of choices. Make a list of your absolute requirements and that will help keep down the price. You will be able to pare away what is unnecessary that adds significantly to cost. Price dictates a lot of decisions.

Humidity Balancing Act

Some appliances are just plain mundane. The humble toaster sits on your kitchen countertop, idle most of the day. The blender only goes hog wild in the morning for a few seconds. Then there is the hand mixer which is hidden away in a drawer and a small, insignificant nut mincer. Most people can do without one or more of these simple devices. I am making the case today for a different category of animal: the humidifier and its mate, the dehumidifier. Now we are talking practical, handy, almost life-saving, and heath promoting.

Why a whole blog on this topic? Listen up. Having one or the other running continuously in your home can make a real difference to the quality of life of the denizens within. Because they combat dry or humid air, both of which can be annoying, bothersome, and unhealthy. If you have one each of these state-of-the-art appliances, you can bet that the whole family will feel better in no time. What can be accomplished is a little known fact.

I challenge you to give it the 30-day test. You have nothing to lose and much to gain. It’s a relatively short period of time. Try the humidifier in the dead of winter and the dehumidifier during the dog days of summer and see what I mean. If you are happy with the results and alternate your units year-round on a permanent basis, you will have achieved the perfect home balancing act, worthy of audience applause.

Let’s recap. A humidifier works to impart moisture into the air by means of released steam or mist, according to the set up on the unit. It can run for hours at a time before the water tank needs to be refilled. Having a six-gallon capacity is going to enable you to ignore the maintenance chore for almost a day at a time—even more. You can even get a whole house humidifier that makes it really simple to improve the living conditions throughout your abode. Running throughout the night is particularly important for light sleepers who need all the relief they can get. It is all about breathing better in a more relaxed manner. Extreme dryness that exists at certain times of the year in arid climates can create hacking coughing jags that affect nighttime rest. It can desiccate the skin and irritate the eyes.

A dehumidifier is just the opposite. It takes moisture from the air, a problem in tropical climates and cities like New Orleans, Louisiana. Too much humidity can make breathing a chore for some asthma suffers and people with respiratory ailments. While it is beneficial to the skin and eyes, sweating can be uncomfortable and cause chills and ague.

Allergy and asthma victims swear by their humidifiers and dehumidifiers depending upon what is bothering them at a given time of year. Dry nasal passages can wreak havoc with sound sleep. Labored breathing can be improved. If in doubt, just ask your doctor. He or she will set you straight on the reasons why acquiring the right model will be a boon to your health.

Becoming Self-Sufficient

Today’s post is going to deal with the subject of self-sufficiency. In order to be your best self, you need to know that you are someone that you yourself can depend on when things go wrong. Feeling capable in various situations will reduce your stress and boost your confidence. On this journey of self-improvement, you have learned mental tools to help you become a better person. So why not make yourself an actual toolbox to help you with those unexpected moments when things go wrong? You can learn how to make minor repairs to your home, car, and various other items you use on a day-to-day basis.

Start with the basics. You’ll need a hammer, some screwdrivers, a wrench and some pliers. Learn what each tool does and get comfortable with them. The next time your chair leg wobbles or the little screw pops out of the side of your glasses, you will be prepared and capable of making the necessary adjustments. Over time, you can add more tools as your confidence and self-reliance builds. Read the manuals for things like your car or major appliances and decide what things you think you can handle and what necessitates calling a professional. Give yourself credit. Believe that you are capable of things you never were before, and know that you have limits. It’s OK to admit to yourself that you’re too afraid of heights to clean your gutters. Be sure that you hire someone to take care of that task and then you won’t feel the guilt or stress every time it rains.

What if you are the type of person who gets anxious when driving on isolated roads? Instead of letting that fear rule you, think about what it is that bothers you about it. Is it driving to an unknown place that upsets you? Go online to a service like google maps before you head out the door so that you can see virtually the path you’ll be taking, along with any landmarks and signs you might encounter along the way. Are you afraid you might get into an accident? Maybe be sure you have a charged cell phone, a flashlight, and an emergency seatbelt cutter/window breaker tool in the car with you for just that scenario. Does it worry you that you might go somewhere and your car won’t start? Maybe join an auto club so that you will always have roadside assistance. Does getting a flat tire in the middle of nowhere keep you from going places? You can invest in an air compressor or a patch kit that you can travel with. Inflating a tire with an air compressor is remarkably easy and you will feel good about yourself knowing that you were able to do it on your own.

Taking the time to learn how to make minor adjustments and have tools on-hand to avoid stressful or costly issues will help you feel more self-sufficient and more in control of your life. If you stop to look at the root cause of some of your concerns that are preventing you from becoming self-sufficient, you will be able to find workarounds that will fit your life and help you become a better you. Try it for 30 days and see how wonderful it is to be able to rely on yourself by the end of the month.