So – shift-work and Christmas. It’s a tough gig.
Rostering on at Christmas? Roster on for New Year?
How do you fit in all of the social functions – not just the ones for YOU, but all of the end of year activities for family (oh my gosh – class parties, teachers gifts – UGH!)
This is my first year of juggling all of the shift-working and family balls – and I am super sure I WILL drop some. At least twice!
My top 5 tips:
- Have a calendar and USE it. Make that thing your Bible. I use my native iPhone CALENDAR app and it is sync’d across all of my iDevices – so I can look at anything and know where I need to be. EVERYONE’s activities are input into their own calendars. It works like a dream. I add events, parties and shifts immediately, and ALWAYS check the calendar before RSVP’ing to see if I/we are actually free.
- Our roster requests for the festive season came out quite early – so I was able to request XMAS/NEW YEAR on or off. Utilise roster requests – they are awesome
- I let my NUM know that I was available XMAS night (all of the celebrating would be done), and New Years Day – the AM shift (we do absolutely nothing on NYE – so it is perfect for me to work!) I was subsequently not rostered on over XMAS, but I am doing an AM shift NYE and an AM shift New Years Day. No problemo (although the traffic driving home on NYE might break me!). I got lucky! If you do not get rostered on for shifts that you like – try swapping or bribing with LARGE amounts of chocolate and coffee!
- Try NOT to fill up your days off with social stuff – especially if you are juggling all the balls like I am. Everyone needs downtime. Otherwise the family falls apart, there are tears, and everyone eats toast and watermelon for dinner. Every night. Just sayin’
- Eat and drink well. I know it’s the silly season, but take care of yourself – you will last longer, and are less likely to fall in a heap!
If all else fails – throw all of the balls in the air and hope someone else catches them!