Simply by planning and being strategic in your dental practice you can relieve stress, while making you more productive.
Do you ever find yourself, in the evening as you’re reflecting on your day, thinking that all you did all day long was put out fires? Unfortunately I think this happens to many of us more often than it ever should. With some planning and a new mindset, here’s a new strategy that allows you to be more productive and less stressful because you aren’t dealing with so many ‘emergencies’ all day long.
While Steven Covey, author and business guru, is credited for this plan of attack I’m about to explain, it was actually developed by Dwight Eisenhower. This method, called the Eisenhower Matrix, is how he ran his military career and his presidency.
If you look at this chart, there are four zones of productivity and I think more often than not we find ourselves functioning in the important/urgent area. Meaning you are dealing with issues as they come up or ‘putting out fires’. You know the old saying, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” But according to this philosophy this is the exact opposite of how we should be dealing with things.
If you find yourself working more frequently in the important/urgent area, that means you didn’t do the planning and work you should beforehand to avoid the emergency all together.
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Here’s an example to better explain, that I bet every dentist out there has dealt with in his or her career at some point. You have a patient who needs a crown, but they decline. While it’s important they get it done, it isn’t urgent to them at the time so they let it go. Then, you get a phone call on the emergency line at 10:30 PM on a Saturday night because they are in pain and need it done right then. Now, their urgency has become your emergency. The patient didn’t do what they needed to do (plan), to avoid this all together.
While it is frustrating when you have to deal with this, these same types of things are going on in your practice as well. Most of the fires you are dealing with daily could simply be avoided by doing the proper planning and training before they ever become an emergency.
To get a handle on this, you need to sit down, and list everything that needs to be done and categorize them by urgency and importance level, and I explain to you how to do this in my quick video above. I show you what you need to be focusing on and how you can learn to work only in the important/non-urgent zone that will not only take the stress off of you but take 75% of it off your plate.
In this video, you’ll learn about:
- How to be more productive with less stress
- The Eisenhower Method and how to apply it to your practice
- The ideal zone you should be functioning in