How often do you have five minutes and what do you do with it? Click onto Facebook? Seize the opportunity to accomplish something? Renew and recharge? In this blog you’ll find what five Certified Legal Nurse Consultants do with five minutes when they get it and how just five minutes can contribute to your legal nurse consultant productivity.
I don’t often have five minutes, so I make the effort to create a break to walk, move around, have a snack or listen to music.
– Dale Barnes, RN, MSN, PHN, CLNC
I often use those five minutes to decompress. My favorite way to decompress is to play a game on my iPad®. After, burying myself in a medical record or doing five different things in a day, I find it relaxing to get my mind focused on a puzzle or game. I also check the headlines or personal email. Other times, I’m more productive. I will put dinner in the crockpot so I can keep working on a case. I can also use the five minutes to catch up on invoicing or to straighten up my office so it’s ready for the next business day.
– Marcia L. Bell, RN, BSN, CAPA, CLNC
I could spend 24 hours a day working on cases lately. I know this is a great problem to have, but it’s nice to take five minutes out of my workday to focus on myself. There are many meditation apps out there, so I decided to try one. I have found that in the middle of the day when I feel like I need to stop working that if I leave my office, go somewhere quiet and spend five minutes in meditation it instantly helps me refocus. I’ve been doing this for about a month and its way better than coffee.
– Dorene Goldstein, RN, BSN, CLNC
I try to give myself a brief break every few hours. It helps my concentration and reminds me that I need to move around. I use the quick breaks to check email, listen to voicemails or read text messages. Numerous times I have thanked myself for being proactive. Even if it is just opening a file and beginning a review by entering the basic information on the report, taking a cursory look at new medical records and bookmarking important facts as you scan, or starting research on a case; you can never go wrong by doing a little something that is work-related. As a matter of fact, this email is a perfect example. I just checked my email and saw the Panel of Experts question. I had a few minutes and decided to go ahead and get it done. I don’t look at Facebook when I have a break. I enjoy seeing photos and reading what my friends are up to, but it has the potential to suck the life out of a workday. I consider social media a guilty pleasure to be enjoyed at the end of the day.
– Jane Hurst, RN, CLNC
I spend those few minutes filing, clearing the desk, returning business calls and making a checklist for the next day’s work. I have to have a to-do list planned or the next day is shot before it ever gets going.
– Camille Joyner, RN, BSN, CCM, CLNC
Take the “5 Minute Challenge” and tell me what you do, have done or can do when you only have five minutes.
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