I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
When building a profitable practice, and as we move into the new year, it’s really important to manage your time efficiently. Managing your time is not just good practice, but it is also good for productivity, organization, and achieving success with your goals. By managing your time properly and efficiently, you can create an organized life. It doesn’t need to be overwhelming if you follow the strategies below:
1. Get up early. The most successful people are early risers and have a morning routine in place. Morning routines often include meditation, visualization, exercise, reading or learning, healthy eating, planning, and prioritization. A regular morning routine will ensure that you start your day successfully.
2. To-do list. Creating a to do list should be a regular habit and undertaken daily. The best lists are 10 items or less, to ensure that you can complete it. Don’t forget to prioritize the items on the list and review it throughout the day. Checking off items as they are completed will give you a sense of accomplishment and motivation.
3. Sticky notes. Sticky notes are ideal for displaying reminders of tasks, motivational quotes, and visualizations. If you’ve got a pile of letters that need to be mailed and that’s an item on your to do list, why not put a sticky note on top of the pile with a deadline for posting them? It’ll serve as a reminder to get them posted and cleared out of your way.
4. Record it. Of course, you can record your notes digitally, using note-taking apps or in a text document. Or you can use pen and paper, but have you thought of recording them using a digital recorder? You can get free recording apps for your smart phones. By making a voice recording, you can replay the recording and listen to your ideas. This will give you the opportunity to listen from a different perspective.
5. Create a schedule. Using an online planner such as Google Calendar will ensure that you are able to access your schedule on your smart phone, tablet, or computer, wherever you are. You can color code different categories of entries and share with friends, family, and colleagues as necessary.
6. Using pen and paper. For your most important events, tasks, and notes, use the traditional recording method of pen and paper with a diary, planner, or bullet journal. You can keep it with you at all times and it won’t distract you with messages or run out of power. You will always be able to flip through at a glance to see how much you’ve achieved past or forthcoming events or outstanding tasks.
7. Prioritize. Be realistic. Not all tasks and events are created equal. Find a way to highlight events that are essential so that you can see them at a glance and be sure not to miss them. On your list of things to do, always prioritize them and complete the most important first. If there are items that aren’t important or not sensitive, then consider moving them off your current list or onto another day. You can’t do everything.
8. Delegate. If there are items on your list that aren’t important, think about delegating. You don’t need to try and be a superhero and do everything yourself. Kids can tidy away their toys, and when old enough, learn how to load the dishwasher, set the table, and do other simple chores. By enlisting the help of other household members, you can get more accomplished in less time.
Managing your time properly and efficiently is one of the keys to staying organized. By following these strategies your life will continue to be productive, stress-free, and successful.
I am Dr. Hassan, Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own independent practice so that they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Please go to businessofrehab.com/guide to pick up the free guide to help you determine the best business entity for your new practice.
Being able to manage your time means saving a lot of your energy. Read our blog post here for tips on managing your energy levels.
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