My mini-retirement is scheduled to begin this Thursday. Last night I received a request to fill in hospitalist shifts from Thursday to the following Wednesday. This was a last-minute scheduling crisis which, in my opinion, could have been foreseen weeks ago. The following is a lightly-edited excerpt from my response to a friend and fellow hospitalist:
One of the reasons for the mini-retirement is to teach myself the discipline of saying NO to unwanted work and to stop involving myself in every f***ing solution to every f***ing crisis at [the hospital].
So I'm saying NO
Protecting time off is a skill you can only learn from experience. Although I'm a firm believer in being available to help my colleagues if they are in a jam, I am learning--the hard way--that this kind of team spirit rapidly deteriorates into a false impression of willingness to work all the time. So I'm drawing a line in the sand.
Even if I have to use the F-word to get my point across.