For the independent medical practitioner who appears to ‘have it all’ but knows that there is something missing here are some gifts to give yourself: rewards for your dedication and hard work, for the personal sacrifices you’ve made while building your Private Practice to be successful.
Resolve that you will not only be even more successful, (whatever your personal definition of success may be) and have a fulfilling and happy life too. Give yourself these precious gifts.
Time for living
Too much to do, too many demand made of you. Can you get away on time to see your private patients when your NHS demands are so overwhelming? You some days feel as though you can never get it all done and arrive somewhat tired before you even start to see your patients at the private hospital. You keep them waiting on occasions and know this is not ideal but somehow can’t do things differently.
What can you do differently?
- Notice how you actually spend your days
- Become more aware of how you waste time
- Decide what you can teach others and then delegate to them more
- Design more efficient systems for everything you do
- Say no more often to what you don’t want to do any more.
Health and well-being:
You advise your patients about their habits, remind them to stop smoking, drink alcohol in moderation and lose weight but perhaps forget these in relation to your own life.
- Give yourself the gift of improved self-care:
- Be more aware of what you eat and make healthier choices.
- Keep positive and lead a healthy lifestyle in spite of the pressures of Medicine.
- Resolve to eliminate most processed foods and instead eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Be aware of the power of your mind rather to change your perception of the world.
- Walk more
- Keep your body and mind flexible with exercise and life long learning.
Balance between work and the rest of your life:
Private Practice, especially if you work for the NHS too, can take over much of your personal time. Perhaps you tend to say yes to whatever your patients demand of you in respect of when they can have their consultation whether face to face or on the telephone. Instead you could:
- Clearly define your availability when you are available for appointments and when patients can telephone you.
- At other times have someone else or your telephone take messages
- Acknowledge that your out of work commitments are important
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