Work, work, work. Sometimes it seems to never end. Even when you’re finished treating patients for the day, you may find yourself taking odds and ends of work home to finish after supper while the kids watch TV instead of playing with you.
If you are “up” for changing this way of life, the key may be to think outside the box with regards to your scheduling. Many doctors have a practice schedule that does not work for their lifestyle any more as they have added family.
Practice schedules can be changed, believe it or not. Toss aside all those thoughts about “patients will only come during such and such times” because other practices are doing many different variations of hours and they are fully booked. You and your practice will attract the people who can come during your hours and you can get fully booked on the ones you choose too. You will find that they will come when you are available, so set your schedule for what you want.
Not a morning person? Start at 10 a.m. and go till 6 p.m. Have kids who need picking up after school? Start at 7 (your spouse drives them in the morning) and leave at 3 p.m. Want to work 4 days per week instead of 5? Do four 8 hour days instead of four 7 hours days and 4 hours on Friday.
You can do the change suddenly or gradually sneak it into place. Your staff will probably have to be sold on it too but it IS your practice and you need to do what is best for you and your family – that is why you have your own business. It also is important so that you give your patients your undivided attention and the highest quality care … and that will be more present if you have a schedule that works for you.