Two Small Tricks: Allowing Myself a Buffer Day and Using a Whiteboard


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This week I speak about two things that have helped me improve my practice and my wellbeing. The first one is treating myself to a buffer day before jumping back to work on a Monday morning. I realized that by doing so, I was more relaxed, and I could tackle the everyday problems better. I strongly suggest you give it a try if you’ve never considered it before. The second thing that I truly benefited from is painting a whiteboard in front of my desk. So now every time I need to add something to my schedule, I can just add it to the list, and I will have it in front of my eyes until I solve it. This small trick has helped me be more organized and it took away the stress of having to keep things in my head. Key takeaways: Why I find buffer days important A small trick: using a whiteboard in order to keep everything in check What’s next for the show Want to receive our podcast on a weekly basis? Subscribe to our newsletter! Why I find buffer days important Last week I was on vacation, I spent some days with my family at the beach. Needless to say, it was terrific and I managed to unwind. I’m already looking forward to our next vacation… We came back a day early, and I took a buffer day to get my head straight before going back to the office on Monday. My wife is a little different from me: she can just get back to work straight after her vacation and be fine with it. I’m cut from a different cloth, and I need my buffer days So on the buffer day I took on Sunday I decided to wake up early and go check some things at the office. I had a look at all the administrative things that were pending, trying to see what I could fix before coming back to work on Monday morning. I found a small pile of administrative things and fixed them in less than an hour. Then I went over to the hospital and signed some charts for operative reports. It was very quiet and I was able to really focus and knock all of this out. After I left, I felt really good, relieved. On Monday I had a clear view of patient care right out of the gate, as I didn’t have anything lying around, waiting for me to solve it. If you don’t do buffer days, I recommend you give them a try. For me, they are extremely helpful, they make me more relaxed and more focused. It wasn’t always like this, though. In fact, we used to run up to the very last minute before I was leaving on vacation. I was usually stressed out with the things I needed to get done before I left, and I used to spend two or three days of my vacation time just to unwind. This time that didn’t happen. A small trick: using a whiteboard in order to keep everything in check In a previous episode I talked about setting boundaries for a better practice. I mentioned setting aside some administrative time: some time you can use in order to talk about what’s going on in your practice outside patient care. One of the things that I did a little extra - and I never mentioned this before - is that I painted whiteboard paint on the wall, directly in front of my desk. So while I’m sitting at my desk in my office, looking at my computer, I have the whiteboard just in front of me, full of information. When I have the administrative time for my staff, they come in and we talk, and then if there is anything I need to act on, I just write it on the whiteboard, and it’s right there in front of me. I mention this small trick because it has really paid dividends to me, alongside setting aside administrative time. My mind is less stressed out, less chaotic, and I feel that I am more in control. So my goal is to try and maintain that as much as I can. What’s next As you might have noticed, I’ve been doing these episodes on my own for the past weeks. What I’m planning to do in the future is to mix solo episodes with guest interviews. I’ll do my best to pick the brains of my guests about the business aspects of their practices and to bring forward some of the things they’ve found helpful....

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