What is a fellow to do during this "downtime"?
Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and all the downstream consequences it has had on all aspects of our lifes, I ask my fellow fellows, if you are staying at home "what are you doing to stay productive?"
From my point of view, all this down-time is a slippery slope. In a sense, I feel like I tend to be very efficient working under pressure and I feel very comfortable multitasking in those conditions. Everytime I have several tasks at hand, I always wonder how much more productive I could be if I had the whole day at home to devote to work. Well, this situation has provided that opportunity but I have found that unlike what I was anticipating, staying focused at home and with all that time available can ironically result in a very non-productive use of my time. I acknowledge that every person may be different but in my case, over the last few days, I have found that to be true to the point that I am about to give myself a schedule and a list of tasks to be completed.
I am sure that all of you, just like me, have many projects that need completion, board studying that needs to be done and extra-learning that you wish to do for your own interest. Therefore, I ask you "what are you doing to stay productive and how are you doing it?" In my case, the assignments I have given myself to have some structure are:
- Complete grand rounds presentation
- Continue reading for didactics
- Work on my research projects as data comes along
After these are completed I plan to watch all the grand round series in order to start preparing for boards. You can find those at https://www.asrm.org/resources/videos/grand-rounds-videos/
How about you fellow fellow, what will you be doing during this "downtime" to stay productive?