Work/life balance is a term being thrown around the professional world quite a bit these days and it’s something that is very important for podiatric practitioners to strive for. At the Institute of Podiatric Excellence and Development (IPED) our members are at all stages of their careers and our more experienced members can attest to the fact that there are times when your professional life can be difficult and frustrating. That’s why it’s important to find ways to continue to make your work fresh and also enjoy your life outside the examining room.
Below are some suggestions for attaining better work/life balance:
Learn the word “no.” So often we say “yes” to commitments that really are not beneficial to us. Whether it’s something small, like a dinner invitation or large, like a request to be on a hospital or community committee, don’t just look at your calendar. Take a moment to ask yourself if saying yes will enhance your career, take time away from your family, lead to greater balance or imbalance.
Keep your priorities straight. Faith, family, career is a sound order. Most people don’t get to the end of their lives and say, “Gee, I really wish I had one more day to spend in the office.” Don’t sacrifice the things that matter most to you just to increase the success of your practice.
Enjoy friendships with both older and younger colleagues. Podiatrists who are a generation older than you have wise counsel and valuable experiences to share, not to mention a long-term view that can help put things in perspective. Younger colleagues can help you stay energized and current. Part of our mission at IPED is bringing podiatrists of all ages and stages together because we believe this produces the richest reservoir of resources for all our members.
Always be a student.Medicine is a constantly changing game. Keep up by staying on top of new technologies, treatments and innovations. Don’t stop at medicine, however, exploring other subjects outside the field provides a mental break and continues to hone your critical thinking skills.
At IPED, helping members achieve work/life balance and providing help in all other areas of practice management and medicine is what we’re all about. Want to learn more? Contact our Executive Director, Ruth Ann Donahue to find out what membership can do for you.