Let’s face it, It’s not the easiest job in the world running a private practice, and add additional financial and social pressures from the world we live in today, it can be downright stressful.
Fortunately, this is also the best time to be establishing yourself firmly in your community, Building the practice of your dreams. It’s easier to get noticed, because there is less marketing clutter. It’s also far easier to obtain “pole” position in your community.
There are several things you can do to right now to facilitate in developing the skills you will need to design and have the practice you deserve.
The first item to look at is your own personal daily stress level in the office. I find that doctors create an inordinate amount of stress on themselves simply due to lack of organization, and too often simply lack of direction to key staff persons. If you have not yet begun starting each day with a brief meeting, I suggest you do that first. Take three to five minutes with key personnel and make sure the major objectives for the day are outlined as well as reviewing key components of current marketing and promotions.
Second, consider your own study time. How much time do you allot to use the tools, and skills development you will need to not only stay in practice but truly prosper over time. This of course requires you make time when you’re not seeing patients, when you’re not engaged in other activities.
Thirdly, when is visualization time? This key component is left out by far too many. The more crystal clear your vision is, the better your results will be.
There are many very creative things that each of us can do in our own communities right now. Some of these things include hosting a community event (sports, cultural, etc.) And simply taking advantage of local radio and TV time. What about writing articles for the local newspaper? Simply spend more quiet time visualizing your desired results, and you’ll find these ideas continue to come to you.
And what about your own physical fitness time? Sometimes even doctors forget that being in the best physical shape you possibly can be in facilitates clear and more effective decision-making.
What about your next vacation? What about hobbies you engage in on regular basis? How much time have you dedicated to these? Remember, taking care of yourself is just as important as managing your practice.
I wish you the best along your journeys!
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