From the moment, you became a physician and mom you were looking forward to the journey and joy of being a mother and serving others. As you reflect on your life’s journey in the New Year, you should commend yourself for the accomplishments and goals that you achieved. This year is a time to reflect on the changes that you would like to make in your work and personal life. How can you improve on integrating the demands of work and the responsibilities of home? How do you make time for connecting with loved ones, when your career has a demanding schedule? Most importantly how do you make time for yourself?
If your work-life balance in 2016 did not support the lifestyle you desire, then it’s time to make a change in 2017. Below are the 4 R’s for finding optimal work life fulfillment.
Find some quiet time to check in with yourself. Use this time to relax and reflect on where you are in the various aspects of your life. Are you happy with your career? What can you do to improve your relationships? Are you finding time to give back? Take several days to weeks to write down these answers and develop your plan and goals for 2017.
Boost your work-life fulfillment and find time to focus on what really matters. Regain your energy and strength by carving out more time for activities that are essential to your well-being. Some examples are:
· daily deep breathing exercises
· 10-15-minute morning stretches
· walking outdoors
· healthy eating
Take time to reconnect with loved ones. We can sometimes let our busy schedule get in the way of connecting with our loved ones daily. If we don’t pay attention, it can result in strained relationships. One way to reconnect is to stop rushing. Slow down and really listen when our loved ones are speaking; resist the urge to respond, and make eye contact.
The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities- Stephen Covey
Get back time in your day by making these simple changes. Wake up 10 minutes earlier each day to prepare for what lies ahead. Plan your day by laying out clothes the night before. If you have small children, do the same for them. Try to look at your work schedule a week in advance. This gives you an overview of how to prepare for the week. Then look at your schedule the day before in case any changes were made. What records will you need your staff to obtain before the patient’s visit? Will anyone need Rx refills? These things can be done in advance to expedite the visit and avoid having to stay later to complete tasks.
Happy New Year! I hope your New Year is filled with joy, prosperity, fulfillment, and balance.