Time Management In Recovery (February 5, 2018)

Maintaining recovery is hard for time management. Maintaining recovery while on a monitoring contract can be harder. Not only do you need to meet the requirements of your work, family, and personal life but most of these aspects of your life hinge on you participating in a specific program of recovery. Whether it be 90 meetings in 90 days or some variant of this, managing a recovery program can be a challenge.

One of the core tenants of recovery is establishing boundaries in your life. This could mean boundaries with yourself, your partner, your work, your children, anyone or anything. The key here is that these boundaries need to be healthy ones.

Many successful PRN participants have found it helpful to take basic time management skills and tenants of boundary creation and apply them to their recovery program. How would you do that?

1) Get a notebook/binder/planner. Use this to track all of your recovery-based activities. Some people will use apps on their phone for the same purpose. This is great! Do what works best for you.

2) Identify your values. Attached is a worksheet that could help you explore your personal values.

3) Evaluate opportunities. As medical professionals, we are often enthusiastic, open-hearted, and optimistic. As such we tend to see the potential opportunities to help others everywhere and we tend to be equally as challenged at saying “no” to those opportunities. Before volunteering for anything in your life, think:
1.Does it connect to my core values?
2.Does it play into my strengths?

iii. Is it something I can easily fit into my current schedule without sacrificing my well-being, my family, my personal life, etc?

4) Write it down. Whatever your schedule may look like, take a second to write it down in your notebook/binder/planner/app. Get it out of your head and into some form of data-capturing system.

5) Re-Evaluate. Like any system at work, we need to make time to have frequent check-ins to re-calibrate the system to make sure things are working as intended. If they aren’t, then we need to re-think how this applies to our values and whether or not it needs to be in our life.
1.For example: I want to go the gym three days a week but no matter what I try I can’t seem to make it work. After a few months, I go back and re-evaluate and find that physical health is a value of mine but family time is more important in the spectrum of values. So, I scale back and try to hit the gym twice a week. Maybe I include my family in that work out by going bike riding together or hiking. Then both my values are being met at the same time!

This is great but how does it apply to recovery? As stated earlier, it can be hard to balance recovery life with everything else. Often we find that other things get in the way because we have attached more value to them than we have recovery. That’s why it is key that you take a second and think about those core values. I’m sure that you will find that, upon introspection, your recovery is a value that impacts all other values: work, family, personal life, etc. They all hinge upon successful, on-going recovery. This might mean prioritizing some things differently in the coming days. It might not.

If learning to evaluate your values and time manage your recovery and the rest of your life is a concern you have, please feel free to reach out to your PRN case manager. We would be more than happy to support you as you work your program and continue on the journey.

Posted on: March 20, 2018


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