Experts outline 10 steps to achieving work-life balance

8. Carefully assess the daily routine at your office in collaboration with support staff to find ways to save time and energy. A well-run practice can mean a shorter work day, more satisfied employees, improved revenue and happier patients.

9. Perhaps you are working too hard and not “working smart.” Are you spending time on administrative tasks that you could outsource, or hire someone to do while you see patients? Could you eliminate commute time and stress by working on paperwork at home with a remote computer system?

10. Ask yourself whether you could be missing the big picture. Is your practice ideally located to attract patients, or are you spending time and energy on marketing across town? Where else are you spending time that could be eliminated by making one large adjustment?

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Sources: The Colleges of the University of Washington School of Medicine; Doug Couper, MD, Portland, Maine, internist; Iris Grimm, physician life coach; David Ballard, PsyD, director of the American Physcological Assn.’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace program

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