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, you must ensure that you create a work-life balance that works for you. Finding a work-life balance is good for both your physical and mental health. Many times, however, heavy job responsibilities steal that time away. When that happens, both our work and our home life can suffer unwanted consequences. But how can you achieve that balance and still excel at your job?
Use these strategies to create the work-life balance you seek:
1. Avoid checking your work emails outside of the office. While in the office, you’ll probably check your work emails often to ensure that your meeting deadlines are met. However, checking them when you are off work allows your work life to infringe on your home life. Set boundaries with yourself and your work colleagues regarding emails so that you can take care of work communications only while at work.
2. Learn to say no. You may love your job, but it’s usually unnecessary to be available 24/7. We all need a break occasionally, and there is nothing wrong with saying no once in a while, especially outside of your allotted work hours.
3. Work smarter, not harder. Instead of working all hours of the day with very little rest, work smarter. You’ll actually get more done in a shorter period of time. Prioritize important tasks and do these tasks first each day. This way, the most important thing always gets done. Avoid unproductive activities such as unstructured meetings or constantly checking your social media accounts.
4. Leave your work at home. This may be hard and may not always be possible, but when you clock off and out for the day, make a mental note that work has finished. Perhaps take a moment to acknowledge that work has finished by stopping and taking a breath before your commute home. The reason for this is to ensure that you are not bringing the work (and any stress associated with it) home.
5. You don’t need to be perfect. Have you ever been on your way out of the office or hospital only to turn back around because you thought of a way to make a report or task perfect? Sometimes it pays to remind yourself that you and your work are good enough.
6. Focus on things outside of work. For some of us, our work is our life, but what happens if we lose our job one day? Where does that leave us? It may be a scary thought, but it’s important to have a life outside of work. Develop some hobbies that interest you. Spend time doing something you love that reduces your stress level and energizes you while relaxing and uplifting your mood. Add some happy time to your life.
7. Make your own rules. There has been a shift in work attitudes, especially among the younger generation and millennials. More people, even bosses, are recognizing the value of work-life balance. Come up with your own ideas that will help you separate your work from your home life and run them by someone else. They might just agree.
Finding a balance between work and your home life can be difficult, but it’s well worth the effort.
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 build the practice of your dreams.
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