Tom submitted this month’s “Solutions For Success” question!
QUESTION FOR APRIL
I’m in my late 40’s and own a small, two-doctor animal practice. I love my work, but I’ve noticed over the last year that I feel as if I’m running on empty. I’m not as excited as I used to be about coming to work and I know that is noticed by my team and my clients. How do I get back on track?
MIKE & DR. DEAN’S ANSWER
Thanks for asking this question. I love that you “love” your work and are ready to get refocused. As you might imagine, we work with quite a few veterinarians facing your same challenge, particularly those like yourself who own a small practice.
Here’s the thing, there are only 24 hours in a day. As much as we’d like to, we can’t get any more hours in a day. Rather than trying to manage your time, focus on managing your energy throughout the day.
There is a great book called “The Power of Full Engagement” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. In this book they describe “Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance”
Here are a few tips to manage your energy:
- Start your day with a “slow entry”. Don’t plug into your cell, emails, social media, laptop for the first hour of the day. Take some quiet time instead to reflect on what you are grateful for in your life, do some easy stretching, etc.
- I know it may be challenging in the day of a working veterinarian but take a 2 minute break every hour……stretch, step outside, breathe and refocus.
- At the end of the day take a slow walk to relax and transition into the evening.
You can do this!