Get Inspired: Jump Out of a Rut


At the Institute for Podiatric Excellence and Development (IPED) we are concerned with the whole person—not just the podiatric professional side of you. For physicians who have been in the field for a while, it’s not unusual to get into a rut. Routine is a good thing—your office runs smoothly, your patients are happy, your income is steady. So why are you feeling blah? Every now and then, you need to give yourself a transfusion—break out of the routine so you can bring back fresh vigor and inspiration to your practice.

Below are 3 “rut-busters.”

  1. Give back—your practice is part of the community. Take a look at the town or city where you live with fresh eyes. What are the biggest needs facing your community? Is there a way that you, as an individual, or your practice could help? Think about the talents in your office—do you have fitness fanatics on staff? Consider doing a 5K for a deserving cause. Are there lots of readers in your office? Check with local schools to see if they could use volunteers to come in for an hour each week to read with students. Getting out of the office and helping others will re-invigorate you and your staff, plus you’ll forge new relationships in your area.
  2. Share your experiences—part of our mission at IPED is centered on the idea of sharing ideas to improve patient outcomes and practice success. Make yourself available to podiatric residents and students to answer questions and guide those about to embark on their podiatric career. Consider of our upcoming meetings (August 4thin Denver or September 7th and 8th in Pittsburgh). It’s the perfect opportunity to meet with colleagues with less and more experience than you, learn about new technologies and procedures and get that shot in the arm for your practice that you are looking for.
  3. Try something new—sometimes the solution to practice funk has nothing to do with your practice. Take a class, take a vacation, take the afternoon off and escape with your spouse to a local attraction you’ve never been to before but have always wanted to. 

Resetting your brain and getting some extra mental stimulation will usually bring a fresh perspective to your daily practice life and a renewal of enthusiasm. 

If you’d like to learn more about life/work balance, consider becoming a member of IPED. Contact our Executive Director, Ruth Ann Donahue by calling: 978-296-7634.