To be a high level, advancing entrepreneur, it takes a lot of mental and physical energy. If you are always giving, it takes a lot out of you. Unfortunately, not enough people take downtime. And when they do take downtime, they do it in the form of a vacation.
Vacations are fun and it’s nice to be out of the office, but a lot of times vacations are more stressful than being at work. Traveling with your family, especially with small children, takes a lot of energy out of you.
So let’s talk about dedicated, scheduled downtime to rejuvenate yourself. Not related to a vacation, not an obligation, not going to a CE course but dedicated downtime to really work on yourself.
You make better decisions when you are in a physical and emotional place where you are rejuvenated. So taking routine time for yourself is important. If you’re off work on Friday, that doesn’t mean you’re running errands the whole time. There are only so many hours in the day, and only so many days in the month and year.
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You have to make sure you make the time. Try blocking out one day a month, or one day every other month, where you do nothing but really work on your personal development. Read about things that interest you so you can really expand into ideas to grow your practice.
Dentistry and entrepreneurship is a full-contact sport so you have to treat it that way. When we bring our clients out, we make them get out of their offices and put them in a positive and creative environment.
Block off some time for personal development, and make sure you honor that block. Make sure that’s on your schedule. It might be a massage, it might be reading, maybe working with someone. It’s whatever works for you. Give yourself that time to be a human being and relax so that you can be more effective as a dentist and an owner.
- Dedicated downtime
- Personal development
- The importance of being in a positive, creative environment