If you have enough time, then feel free to skip this article.
That’s what I thought.
The doctors I coach have one common complaint: they are time crunched.
Here’s what works for me and my clients:
Make a list of everything you do in a week.
Yes, that will take some time. But until you see where all your “time leaks” are in your system, you don’t know how to plug them up.
Write down everything. Laundry, carpool, office, operating room, grocery shopping. Don’t forget to include sleeping, eating, the essentials!
This will be worth it. Trust me.
Look at how you can better, bag or barter things on your list.
The fantastic Martha Beck (Oprah’s favorite life coach) taught me the “better, bag or barter” technique.
Do you have to walk the dog? Make it better by asking your good friend down the street to join you, so you can have some social interaction at the same time. Or listen to a book or good tunes as you’re walking Fido.
Are there chores on your list (dusting, sweeping, filing) that always make the list and never get done? Maybe it’s time to bag them and either let that stuff go (swept floors are so overrated!) or look for some help from an outside source.
Hint: You may find some kids around your house during summer break that could be good sweepers!
Do you hate doing the dishes but love cooking? Now is the time to set up your barter system. Sit down with your spouse, partner or children and work out a plan so you can do more of the things you love and less of the things you don’t.
It’s important to know that this system can work around the office, too.
Group things together: errand running; catching up on dictation; calling back patients.
Studies show we’re more efficient when we group similar things together and just knock them out.
I’d love for you to share in the comments below what you’ve found successful when it comes to finding more time.
And if you want to work with me on some real one-on-one strategies, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to see about available coaching spots. From time to time, I have openings in my three month private coaching program, where we look at lots of answers to the hard questions.