Our metaphorical candles melt faster, and the line between managing time from the medical practice to home blurs and we become lost and can’t discern when to make time for family and work without sacrificing something in the process. Between paperwork, patients, and medical coding (to name a few), how do you have time for anything?
Extend the longevity of your personal wick throughout the day by practicing these ways to a better work/life balance:
- Don’t be afraid to take a breather. Start with small goals, like taking a five minute break every hour you are at the computer. Whatever may be bothering you, be it medical billing software or claim denials, take a short walk, grab a snack, or stretch. Over time, you can extend your goals to waking up early for personal time or leaving work early once a week; this is entirely up to you. After all, you deserve an opportunity to recharge, and this will help your focus, as well.
- Make personal time for things you enjoy. Give yourself things to look forward to, like a board game night with friends or a date out to the movies. Think of it as personal maintenance – you wouldn’t go months without getting your oil changed in your car, so why would you do the equivalent to your body and deprive it of things that help you running efficiently? Set aside plans a month in advance, so you can adjust in case something comes up. Also, as a provider, outsourcing your billing helps immensely in offering you more patient and personal time, so you can get the best of both worlds.
- Get organized. This is just as important in your personal life as it is in your work life. Take the time to get a calendar (on your phone or otherwise) and record everything you and your family have scheduled. Find a system that works for you, and stick to it. You’ll find that time management will be much easier between the practice and personal life if you know what to expect.
- Build a support network and eliminate negativity. Those that are true friends to you will want to support you and watch you succeed, and those who are using you and add no value to your life won’t – it’s as simple as that. Make it known you want to improve your routine, and be honest about your goals to those around you. You may be surprised how much people will be willing to help you and keep you accountable. There’s no reason to keep negative people around, as it will fester and prevent you from goals rather than helping you achieve them.
- Exercise. When you work out, you increase endorphins and your amount of activity will make you last longer throughout the day. Find workouts you enjoy (don’t force yourself do cross-fit if it makes you miserable) and your energy will increase with the time you invest. In the long run, this will also help you bolster a better self-image, and the confidence in yourself will help you in all aspects of life.
By practicing these, you will find yourself on the way to managing your work/life dichotomy and keeping it in sound balance. Don’t let life pass you by, and take ownership of your hobbies as well as your obligations. This will pay off for yourself and those around you, and in turn help foster a better work/life balance!