Work-Life Balance An Achievable Goal

Do you have a healthy Work-Life Balance?  Here are some strategies to get you back on track.

Build downtime in schedule
Eliminate activities that take a lot of time or energy
Get moving - exercise to release endorphins
Say no - people will still respect you
Use or develop a support system - don't try to do it alone
Compartmentalise life - work stays separate from home
Make oral hygiene quick & easy - use a Water Flosser

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Finding that elusive work-life balance

How is it that despite having so many devices and tools to save us time - smart phones, tablets and an app for everything - we seem to have less of it than ever? Even if your career is thriving, it will be hard to enjoy the fruits of your success if you find it difficult to switch off when you are not at work, resulting in tiredness and regular bouts of stress.

We cannot create more hours in the day, but is this even the answer? The chances are you would just find more things to fill them with. Rather, you should manage the time that is available, in order that you can dedicate yourself fully to both work and downtime.

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The working week

In 2014, research from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) revealed that, on average, GDPs in the UK worked 37-38 hours a week. Although the increase in total and NHS weekly hours was down from previous figures, there was an increase in the proportion of time spent on non-clinical matters, such as administrative and management duties. These are often tasks that get brought home. A solution would be to allocate specific time for admin tasks and consider what can be delegated to other members of the team; even if you are in a small practice, there may be someone who is keen to increase their skill set and take on more responsibilities. This is where communication is key - regular meetings will help you to establish if anyone feels swamped, or if they want to do more.

There are time-saving tools that will help as well, it's a question of researching the market to discover the best option for you. For example, apps to log your CPD will save you wading through reams of paperwork if you use them correctly. Online booking platforms can be used to tweak your schedules and give you enough time with each patient, as well as proper breaks so you are not overloaded. Most professional and clinical journals are available to read online if you commute on public transport, so you can use this 'dead' time effectively, too.
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Switching off

Devices that keep us connected 24/7 can be part of the problem. When you are at home, switch off! There is growing evidence that exposure to smart phones and the like can disrupt sleep patterns - even more of a reason to log off. If you work from home, try to keep to proper 'office' hours. Getting out in the open air and moving is something that we all know we should be doing, so make it a regular date. It doesn't even need to be anything new or rigorous - a long walk with your family (without your phone!) can be all you need to clear your head and get the endorphins going so you are mentally prepared for the working day

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