Sometimes it may feel like there isn’t enough time in the day. Your projects are stretching you think as you try to balance work and home, too. You know you need help with the details, but delegating your to-do list to someone else may seem like another grueling step, an extra item on the to-do list. You might think, “If you want something done right, do it yourself”, right? It’s time to leave this phrase in the past. Although it may take time and effort initially to hand off your to-do list to a personal assistant, it will also free up hours each day. Delegating and outsourcing are your two best options to free up time to do your most valuable work.
The notion of physician burnout has been discussed in quiet circles for decades, but it is being discussed even more frequently among medical professionals at large and even in lay publications.
Maintaining a fitness routine while trying to keep up with a busy work schedule and taking care of your family can be near to impossible. For doctors, or those of us with a career in medicine, it can be particularly challenging. But, if being fit is a priority for you, you need to make time for it.
While doctor depression and suicide rates continue to climb to record highs, the term “burnout” has also increased in popularity. There is an ongoing debate on whether to refer to this systemic exhaustion as burnout, doctor disempowerment, moral injury, or human rights violations. Semantics aside, healthcare providers across the U.S. feel “overwhelmed, demoralized, exhausted, cynical, afraid, and alone”. The industry has put it in doctors’ hands to balance 20 hour shifts, patient care, online reputations, continued education, teaching, charting, administrative duties, technology, and community outreach -- as if being a physician is a typical 40-hour work week. At the same time, many doctors balance their 80-hour a week job while being entrepreneurs, business owners, spouses, parents, or students and managing physical and mental wellness. Coping with the ever heightened standards of the medical profession is no easy task.