Why time tracking is necessary for doctors and consultants
The phrase “Time is money.” fits perfectly with both of these professions. Every doctor or consultant I have ever encountered was either a speed walker or was always in a hurry. The reason is your time is not your own. Due to imbalance in life and work, most doctors and consultants experience burnouts. Do you make your patients or clients wait because you are always running late? Do you find it impossible to pursue a hobby because you are too busy? Have you ever thought where does your time go?
The only thing that lacks in your routine is time management. Here we will discuss how important is time tracking for healthcare professionals and as well as for consultants.
There are five basic principles that you should keep in mind.
- Set priorities
- Delegate responsibilites
- Say No!
- Organize your work area
- Work smarter, not harder
Setting up your priorities is not that difficult as it seems. With just four basic steps you can prioritize your work. Classify your priorities in categories under ‘Do it, Do it soon, put off until late and don’t need to be done’.
If you are able to categorize your priorities you are halfway done. By only performing this task you’ll find free time to spend on your own.
If you are in either of these professions, probably you are running your own clinic or agency for consultancy by now. You are the bottleneck of your agency or clinic and also the highest-paid resource. Think about any small work that you have been doing but you can hire someone else to do it. Before you impose any of your work on someone else remember that there is a learning curve, be patient and let you junior learn. Don’t dump your work on them.
Learn to say No!
We know you do love your work, but there is a limit to everything. Know your breaking point when it feels like you can’t do more of it just simply say no. There are chances that someone else appreciates the opportunity to get involved. Guard your time it’s way too precious to fritter away on pointless meetings.
Organize your work area
Organizing your workplace may consume a bit of your time, but in the long run, you will find your things faster and without any hesitation. And it will prevent you from getting exhausted as well. Get rid of all the clutter. Throw away things that you haven’t used in a year. Give away the items that are no longer in your use but might bring benefits to someone else.
Take help from a personal productivity tool to manage your time in a better way. Many employee time tracking software can help you out in time management and finding yourself free time.
Work smarter, not harder
Time management is about behavior, not time. We all have 24 hours in a day but somehow unable to figure out how to set aside time for ourselves. We know your job is very different from others. match your behavior with your priorities and goals. Like any other skill time management also takes time to master.
Ask your staff for help. Brainstorm about the ways time is wasted. And figure out the ways how you can eliminate the inefficiencies. For an extra tip ask your colleagues who seem to have all the time in the world. How do they do it?