Dealing With Work Intensity At Work
I am not a very intense person. Left to myself I am very mellow. I enjoy taking my time with my morning routine, I make my coffee and read. I like to spend some time at a coffee shop in the early part of the day and do something athletic by myself. I am definitely an introvert which seems to have become a popular new age term. Interacting with others is always a bit awkward because I can’t really be myself. I’m the sort that is usually asked by friends “Don’t you get bored?” “God, that sounds boring, that’s all you do?” “Don’t you want more?” “That’s all you want to do? OMG!”.
At work I have learned to have a whole different demeanor. I am bubbly and quite hilarious I’m told. I am usually one of the fastest providers and I don’t get (terribly) stressed out seeing complex patients. I am not saying that I’m a better provider, I just do well not resisting the urgent care flow. Regardless, I feel the intensity of work in every molecule of my body.
Turning off the intensity is very hard, which is the point of this post. Being able to balance work intensity, turning it off before going back to one’s private life, is nearly impossible. If you are already an intense person it might not be much of a transition. But for those INTJ’s types it’s tougher because we don’t care to have that intensity in our private lives.
For the mellow personality types it’s often relatively easy to maintain that intensity at younger ages, perhaps into the mid to late thirties. Right around that age, however, one develops a bit of a disconnect. That person gets a little confused because they still really enjoy their work but don’t know why it’s becoming more and more of a burden to practice medicine.
The solution for us might be to either transition to becoming dermatologists (just kidding) or get on the fast track towards early retirement. Of course I am leaning towards the latter. As for the question of “What would you do with all your free time?” I would say “Catch up on many years of missed me-time”.