Hello and welcome to this instalment of View From A Surgeon, in which I, Dr Paul, talk about a topic that is near and dear to my heart. This topic is in fact, using time effectively and efficiently.
So the question I have to ask you is, do you feel that you use your time effectively, or do you do everything yourself?
I’ve got colleagues that do everything themselves, that’s right, everything! They do the accounting, the book work, the paper work, the web-page design and the marketing; they even book their own clinics and follow up on enquiries!
To me all of this is just not sensible, not efficient and just isn’t the way to do things. Using your time efficiently works in a whole host of ways… just think of the word efficiency itself, it means that you are going to do it well, you’re going to do it in the maximal way possible so that you benefit from it as well as your patients.
Why would I want to do my accounting for example? I’m not an accountant. If I had a go at my tax returns HMRC would be all over me like a rash! You’re far better off getting in someone who knows exactly what they are doing.
They will do it better, quicker, more efficiently and (more importantly) they will get it right. That is the main thing. Why stress and worry about getting it wrong when there is out there who, being frank, you can pay at a lesser amount than you would get for an hours work?
Think about what your time is worth each hour. Once you know what your average hourly rate is, it becomes clear that getting someone for a cheaper hourly rate to do it for you is a logical decision, from an efficiency and security point of view.
With this time you get back, you can then either work more to easily recoup the costs, or like me who wants to work shorter not harder, can finish your days work and get out and exercise, spend time with the family or walk the dogs; you can do anything with that time, it is your own, and you can spend it without the worry if you are getting things right or not.
Using your time efficiently is the best way to be, and the best way to do that is to realise that there are people out there who are better, more skilled and cheaper than you at these areas that you don’t want to be getting into.
This has been Dr Paul on using your time more efficiently and effectively, see you in the next one!