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4 Resolutions to Consider this New Year


2019 is here, and it’s time to pick a resolution you’ll hopefully stick with. Why don’t you pick something that matters to you and your business?

4 Resolutions to Consider this New Year

Learn Something New

Delegate More

Don’t Settle

Improve Communications

It’s a new year meaning it’s time to pick a resolution, a goal that you will try to see out through the entire new year and hopefully complete by its conclusion. However, many of us tend to drop these resolutions before January is even through. This year pick a resolution that has meaningful stakes to it, one that will help you grow as a physician and grow your own business. Here are a few to consider for this brand-new year. You are your most important asset at the end of the day, and you won’t be able to execute your vision without continuing to adapt and learn. By learning something new you can add a tool to your skill set that can increase your business success and maybe even help with personal growth. You should also identify areas that you are weakest at and make sure in 2019 you won’t be weak in them any longer. Take a look at your work load from the past year and find a way to lighten it. You’re surrounded by a talented staff of peers, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you have to. Doctors feel like they have to do it all sometimes, and it’s easy to get lost in that mindset as the workload piles up. Be proactive and don’t let your workload reach that point. By delegating you will also be able to have a firmer foundation as every employee will know their role and execute your vision.Odds are there is some part of your practice that didn’t work the way it was supposed to this past year. And it probably hasn’t for a while now. Make a change now, identify what it will take to take that part of your practice and improve it. Don’t tell yourself you’ll get to it later, make a plan that you can take action on before it becomes another resolution that fell through.Communication is everything. From one on one conversations, to email, to text, and even to twitter communication is the most important tool you use to build your practice. That’s why it’s not only essential to keep your communication lines open, you need to constantly improve them.

For 2019 strive to find ways to better communicate with your staff and patients. Don’t leave your staff guessing as to what they should do tell them what they need to do and when you need them to do it by. Also, make sure they know they can always talk to you no matter the situation. By doing this you can avoid conflict before it even happens and understand your team better, making working together a joy instead of a headache. Patients also need to be kept in the loop and know that they can call you as needed. Find ways to ensure that your patients are kept up to date with their treatment information, as well as, changes happening within your practice. Invest in an online portal if you have to or create a monthly newsletter they can follow. With clear lines of communication your practice will continue to run smoothly and address issues efficiently.

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