How I Plan to Get Out of a Rut in 2020

2019 has been a bit of a rut for me. Here’s what I plan to do to shake things up in 2020!

My accomplishments through the 2010’s:

December 2012 Completed BSN

February 2013 Passed NCLEX

March 2013 Started 1st nursing job

August 2014 Started BSN-DNP

December 2016 Completed MSN & Passed ANCC Boards

January 2017 Started 1st NP Job

July 2017 Completed DNP

March 2018 Opened Telepsychiatry Business

2019 *Crickets*

It’s a strange feeling. My entire life I focused on achieving the next academic success or the next best career move. Now my academic career is complete, my practice is as big as I want it… and what now? How do you mentally shift from measuring your success through academics and career achievements when that has been your measure of success for so long? In 2019 I have struggled to find my next move. Earlier this year I thought I would try medical writing and quickly realized I don’t have the knowledge or experience I would need for that. Then I thought I would try to break into the field of research. Again I realized that I don’t really have the knowledge or experience. What I am trained to do and what I do best is take care of patients. So, how do I grow from here? As I watch everyone else discuss their accomplishments from 2019 I realize that I have had no major accomplishments this year *Yikes*. I think 2019 has been a bit of a rut for me professionally. And being in that rut leaves me feeling burnt out. So, today, on this very last day of the decade I am going to make an action plan to get out of a rut in 2020.

My professional goals for 2020

Educate others and share my experiences. As I started blogging over the last week I began to feel a passion and excitement professionally that I haven’t felt in a long time. I realized I love teaching. I love sharing my experiences. I’m excited to carry this excitement into 2020.

Reevaluate my patient encounters. I currently do 15 minute medication checks. I’m going to research how to make these encounters more meaningful. On the practical side of that, I will see if I could maintain my current compensation by billing for longer appointments. I’m going to see how I can strike a balance between quality and quantity.

Study a new subspecialty. I am very interested in adding another subspecialty. There is a huge gap in the healthcare system between women’s health and mental health. I’m very curious to investigate and find new ways to help and educate my female patients. I’m also interested in weight loss within the mental health community. I don’t know if I can commit to becoming certified, but at the very least I would like to increase my knowledge about how to help my patients live healthier lifestyles.

My Personal Goals 2020

I have to say exercise, right? Isn’t that mandatory on this list? Seriously though, I attempted a good exercise routine multiple times in 2019 and it would stick for a few weeks and then fade away. I tried Orange Theory (which I absolutely loved by the way), but then I got tired of waking up at 5am (I am NOT a morning person at all). I got into a cycling routine for a bit and thoroughly enjoyed that, but it just kind of faded away too. So 2020 is the year to establish a routine. I don’t need it to be insane. I will take any routine I can get… more to come another time on what that routine will look like.

I will start a hobby. I have never had a hobby. EVER. I have been invested in academics for so long that all my mental energy went to writing papers, studying… all the school things. Now I am so used to spending all my time doing something I had to do, that I don’t know how to enjoy doing something just for the sake of doing it. I don’t know the hobby yet, but 2020 will be the year of hobby!

I have never put my goals in writing. So, here it is, published on the internet for everyone to see. At the end of 2020 I will come back and evaluate how I did! 2020 won’t be another rut year and I don’t need academic structure or a new career to make that happen! This is going to be a totally new experience for me and I will provide updates periodically on how it’s going.

Have you been in a rut recently? What are you going to do to make 2020 a better year? I’m open to any suggestions you might have to add to my list! I can’t wait to hear from you! Please leave your thoughts in the comments below and go to the home page to subscribe and get the latest content!