It has been over a month since I started my training at the hospital. Emotionally, it has been a tremendously challenging and inspiring period for me. I thought I'd be depressed, surrounded by pain and fear, but in reality I wake up each day with a wide smile on my face, praising God for the countless ways He has so richly blessed me, and praying to be able to bring even a little comfort to the suffering.
In the area of managing our household, being occupied several hours outside the home each day means that I had to become more efficient in the use of my time. This involves getting my priorities straight, saying "no" to some outside commitments, and above all – patience and perseverance.
Setting priorities means that I don't fret about long-term projects that take longer time than usual. Maybe I put off polishing the living room furniture – and maybe I'll only do one piece at a time – but hey, at least the dishes aren't piled up in the sink, the laundry is caught up, the floors are reasonably clean, and there's a good meal on the table.
As many of you know, I don't have a car and use public transportation – thankfully, it's convenient enough around here. It means I have some free time – about an hour every day, 30 minutes each way - which I can put to good use. On my way there or back, I compile my to-do list, weekly schedule, and shopping list; I can even jot down ideas for blog posts or other writing projects. I also work on my knitting or crocheting, or read a good book.
What about you? Feel free to share your ways of multitasking and managing your time more efficiently! I'd love to hear more ideas.