Do you always feel rushed? Do you feel like you’re constantly running from one fire to the next? It seems many people —especially in the busy world of healthcare— feel this way during work. I had the opportunity to sit down with Ashley Graber who runs the Evenflow Company about strategies to help you become the commander of your day. You can check out the full interview at Thrive Global or Authority Magazine.


By slowing down, taking back control (or even perceived control) over our time and lives, we’re able to deal with situations that arise from a position of strength and relative calm. Instead of feeling like we’re running from one fire to another with a water bucket, we’re able to handle situations as they arise in a methodical and controlled way. Time management and daily planning play a huge role in this. For example, I never check my emails/texts/calendar for the first 60–90 minutes that I’m awake. That is my sacred time. I exercise, shower, pray, and prioritize my day before I ever look at that stuff. This does two things: 1) It lets me start my day from a position of control. By the time I look at those notifications, I’ve already taken the time I need for myself, my mental health, my own planning. 2) It makes me the commander of my day. I don’t start the day with other people or events commanding my time, requiring a response. This is hugely empowering. I basically start my day, plan my day, and then see how those notifications and needs fit into my already prioritized to-do list. Sometimes this isn’t an option depending on your line of work. But you can always move as close as you can towards that. Even just setting the first bit of your day apart to establish a routine involving some exercise, planning, and reflection time has been shown to decrease anxiety, stress, and depression.

Check out the full interview at Thrive Global or Authority Magazine.

What steps have you taken to become the commander of your day? Do you have any routines or habits that help you take control of your time? Share any additional resources that you found helpful in the comments below!

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Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L is the president and CEO of Rehab U Practice Solutions. He has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. He worked as the lead clinician in an outpatient specialty clinic at his local VA Medical center. He also has experience as an adjunct faculty instructor at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, has served on several committees for the national OT Board (NBCOT), and as a consultant working for the State of Georgia’s DBHDD. He is also on the Board of Directors for NBCOT. He now works to help healthcare clinics and organizations deliver uniquely impactful patient experiences.

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