“I’ll do it during winter break.”

My wife heard this phrase a lot between August and December. It was used for everything from getting the baby’s room done to washing the car. Really it was an attempt by me to prioritize things without ignoring them completely. . . So naturally, come winter break, my honey-do list was enormous.

I managed to get 80% of the projects done: baby room mostly set up, laundry room ceiling framed and drywalled, new floors in the office, car not washed. Not too bad for a guy who also managed to squeeze in a double-header movie day in as well.

I’m nervous though.

Nervous because I don’t think this way of prioritizing is going to work very well anymore. I can’t exactly postpone taking step 1 of the boards, and I can’t exactly postpone spending time with our new baby boy (who we’re expecting at the end of February or so).  So what is going to give? I’m not sure, but I know that people have done it, and that they’ve even done it with more responsibilities than I have. Reading blogs like the one Dr. Alison Christy posted (titled “Balancing Act”) makes me realize that it is possible, and that things probably won’t be getting any calmer for a long time.

Fortunately, being excited is overriding the being nervous: Excited to take the USMLE step 1, excited to start 3rd year clerkships, excited to meet my son for the first time, excited to start our family. 2013 will be a good year!

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