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Time, Doctors and Work-Life Balance

How will you get your time management sorted?

Doctors contact me saying that one of their aims is to improve their work -life balance. They know what happens when this is too heavily weighted to their work activities, seeing patients, or doing the admin tasks of a busy medical practice and too little towards the rest of life, but feel they are unable to change anything.

This article  has 17 useful tips: http://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0600/p60.html

I’ve written a couple of Kindle books (Critical Time management mistakes and More than 80 ways)  on the subject too.

Also there’s the article I wrote which  recently published in the Independent Practitioner: CLICK HERE

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or find out about personal coaching here.

Tips to get things done and have more time

1. Don’t put off the important things in your life until some mythical time when you’re not so busy.

2. However small the first step, decide what it is, and do it.

3. Start a task because it’s easier to continue after the first step.

4. Recognise that there are things you may prefer to do in big chunks of time so plan ahead for these.

5. There are usually some small steps you can take in preparation for the big chunk.

6. Clear some physical space – throw away everything you no longer need.

7. Clear some emotional space by relaxing.

8. Keep up to date with opening your letters and emails.

9. Pay your bills on time

10. Fill in any forms waiting such as tax returns, as you go through the year.

11. Have a decent filing system for whatever you need to keep

12. Clear your surfaces

13. Sort and clear cupboards and drawers.

14. Just do it even if you think others might be offended.

15. Be clear about what obstacles are in your path

16. Decide what action you need to take to get rid of them.

17. Imagine the ‘you’ who wants to do this goal talking to whoever wants the other goal and
decide the way forward which is best for you.

18. Clarify the reasons for a particular course of action.

19. Decide for you and for the person who wants something different.

20. It’s OK to be selfish sometimes – look after yourself above all else.

Louise Hay in her well known book: You can heal your Life calls it being SELF-ish, and suggests that doing things for you, is not only useful but actually essential. I agree with her. It’s part of the concept of looking after yourself. Do things to nurture your own body, mind and spirit. And the rest of what you want will follow.




Time management: is it something you struggle with?

Attention doctors, physicians, registrars, junior doctors, private medical practitioners:

Time Management mistakes nearly every doctor makes.

Do you struggle to get things done through the day? Do you wonder what’s happened to the time and feel upset at how little you get done?

Do you notice that some of your colleagues seem to cope much better than you do with the amount of work there is to do each day?

What might happen if you carry on like this?

  • You are less and less efficient in relation to your medical work.
  • You forget about the life you had before you worked as a doctor.
  • Your friends and family complain that they never see you.
  • You take most of your holiday to unwind.
  • You regret becoming a doctor….


But it doesn’t have to be like that. There are simple strategies you can adopt to take you to a place when you can:

  • leave work at a reasonable time
  • be able to relax and enjoy life away from work more
  • feel happier at work and get things done more efficiently and effectively
  • learn simple ways to make a difference in your life.

Here are the strategies you’ve been waiting for :

    • 3 reasons why doctors struggle with time management
    • 7 mistakes doctors make in relation to time
    • Simple ways to ways to overcome these
    • Benefits of managing your time more effectively


Time Management Mistakes nearly every doctor makes

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