Monday, February 18, 2013

My simple approach to "Work Life Balance".....

We, as Doctors, can often give out advice on work life balance to our patients.  But are we any good at "practicing" it?

I personally think that we as a group, we are terrible at it, so today, I want to share with you, especially in your early years of training, my simple approach to work life balance.  

In First Aid, what do you do when you are confronted with someone who has a blocked airway, some breathing difficulties and a broken leg.  If you didn't have medical or first aid knowledge, you will probably "freak out" and wanting to fix all of these issues all at once.  

So in order to be calm and effective at dealing with this problem, we need to have a system of priorities and that is, to sort out AirwayBreathingCirculation and then, the broken leg.  There is no point having a straight leg and not survive!

So can we apply this same principle to your everyday life?

A.......look after yourself, your family and your relationships
B.......then sort out your work issues
C.......then everything else

At the end of the day, if there is a pile of everything else, then as long as A+B are reasonably okay, then you can relax a little bit. 

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