Work Life Balance - 4 Secrets to Saying 'No'

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

preventing physician burnoutWork Life Balance is a key to preventing physician burnout.

And work life balance depends on your ability to say a simple, two letter word. That word is "No".

In my first several calls with a new physician coaching client, we work to deconstruct their current state of overload. Often I will ask, "How did things get so out of balance? Think back to when you took on all these commitments. Did you actually say "Yes" to them all?"

Almost always they shake their head and don't recall ever actually saying "Yes" ... and at the same time, they admit the also never said "No". In fact doctors almost never say no when asked to participate in a committee, take on an extra project or lend a helping hand ... whether at work, your kids school or any number of other areas outside work.

Let's face it, we suck at saying "No" and the result is the overload that is the hallmark of physician burnout

In this short video, you will learn 4 keys to saying "No" with some elegance and grace.

I call these tools work life balance "secrets" because most physicians find them to be game changers ... despite their extreme simplicity. Yet they don't seem to make it on the standard curriculum in med school or residency. It is as if they are a closely guarded secret.

You will learn

  • The importance of practice
  • How to give yourself time
  • The power of WIIFM
  • Why this has to be a zero sum game 

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What are your work life balance "secrets" to saying "No"?

Tags: Physician Burnout, Work Life Balance