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The pursuit of balance...

Oh, the elusive yet promising search for work-life balance. I hear people say it's not possible. I listen to others proclaim it is absolutely possible.  Once I found a few different ways to view it – I learned I lean more toward the latter camp than the former.  I offer you the three ways of viewing it that have helped me.  Two of which appear in my brain as novel thoughts (though it's possible it's not original – my brain is funny that way) and one which I...

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Step 3: Calming the Chaos and Cultivating Harmony - Mental Energy

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So far, we have discussed taking back control of our time and attention Now for the 3rd step.  We need to protect and build our mental energy.

 

How do we do this? I have 5 tips, but good news - 2 of them are reviews from Steps 1 and 2.  

 

Honor your priority for your rejuvenation time/self-care. Whatever it is that revitalizes you, make it a priority and keep your appointment with yourself. We mentioned in Step 1 how it leads to better efficiency. And I’m...

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Step 2: Calming the Chaos and Cultivating Harmony - Attention

Last week we covered key area #1 – Taking back control of your time. This week we are moving to the 2nd key area to address to gain some calm – taking back control of your attention.

 

As residents and academic physicians with full lives outside of work, the demands for your attention are numerous! Those demands add to the chaos and seeming lack of harmony. Let’s think through 4 steps of gaining control in this area.

 

Be present. You may recognize this from other...

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Step 1: Calming the Chaos and Cultivating Harmony - Time

This week, we will look at one of 3 key areas you can clean up to gain some control and improve harmony in your career and life outside of work. 

 

Today we will discuss gaining more control of your time.  I know, I know – you don’t have much control, and you feel you have way too much to do to fit it all in. Trust me. I know.

 

According to author Laura Vanderkam, we all have 168 hours a week. I checked her math. She’s right. Many residents, maxing out...

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Calm the Chaos & Cultivate Harmony: Step 3 – Take control of your mental energy – protect and improve it.

Over the last two weeks, we covered Step 1 – Taking back control of your time, and Step 2 – Taking back control of your attention to calming the chaos and cultivating harmony in life.

 

Now for the 3rd step.  We need to protect and build our mental energy.

 

How do we do this? I have 5 tips, but good news - 2 of them are duplicates from Steps 1 and 2.  

 

Honor your priority for your rejuvenation time/self-care. Whatever it is that revitalizes you, make it...

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Calm the Chaos & Cultivate Harmony: Step 2 - Take back control of your attention.

Calm the Chaos & Cultivate Harmony: Step 2 – Take back control of your attention.

 

Last week we covered Step 1 – Taking back control of your time.

 

As residents and academic physicians with full lives outside of work, the demands for your attention are numerous! Those demands add to the chaos and seeming lack of harmony. This week, we are moving to step 2 of calming the chaos – control your own attention with 4 key tips.

 

Be present. You may recognize...

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