What is it that is holding you back from making progress on the new employee orientation process? Or crafting a clear vision where you and your practice should be in three years? Or planning that international anniversary trip with your spouse? Or creating a consistent marketing plan for your practice?
If you have your own heath and wellness practice, these will all sound familiar to you. You’re overwhelmed. Like you, I have started and stopped on journeys toward these exact goals multiple times. The process usually goes like this:
- Read several books on the topic.
- Take a course or two.
- Draft an outline, and write a multiple-page document on the project.
- Write it for the most advanced person in my audience.
Again and again, I have started all of these projects with good intent – and they never even make it beyond the walls of my brain and office. A predictable pattern emerges:
- Frustration sets in.
- I doubt myself and my ability to grow this practice, indulging in self-criticism.
- I go back to what makes me feel competent – treating patients.
- My schedule gets overloaded and I am once again trapped without the time necessary to grow my practice.
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
~ Albert Einstein
I have really gained traction in the past few years in breaking this routine of insanity. And I share the benefit of my experience with this helpful advice so you may escape the madness of the hamster wheel.
Five No-Fail habits to move diligently forward toward your goals:
- Schedule focus time with a limit
- Schedule a “focus block” of time each day to work on your projects
- Choose a time each day when you are at your peak energy, in an area will you will not be interrupted, and for a reasonable amount of time.
- Always communicate at the beginner level
- Remember to make it SIMPLE, clear, and very basic.
- Assume your reader knows NOTHING, and start at the beginning, as you would with a child.
- Things that are in your “drudgery zone” (These are tasks you not competent in and are not passionate about.)
- Understand that there is someone else who is both competent and passionate and will do a better job than you.
- Delegate clearly what is expected, using my delegation reference as a guide.
- Think of your project like Wet Cement (or an experiment that is not set in stone)
- Perfectionism is the enemy of progress.
- Everything can be changed….and will be changed.
- Set a date and “Ship It”
- Draw a line in the sand and consider it completed.
- We can’t reach our destination if the car is not moving.
- We can always revise and refine in the future.
I invite you to sign up for my weekly email, Tips to Growing Your Healthcare Practice, so I can send you my Delegation Level Reference. This handy reference guide will help you overcome your need to do it all yourself – and will make it easier for you to identify tasks that can be delegated, freeing up your time to grow your practice!