Our most recent series of blogs has been structured around the concept of time and pharmacist time management. I personally believe that time is something many people take for granted. How many of you would live your lives differently if you knew you only had 6 months to live? How about 3 months? How about 1 week or even one day? I think we all would live our lives differently if we constantly had that perpective.
If this is so important, then why not adopt that perspective today? Why wouldn't each and every one of us start living our lives like our time is finite? Here's a revelation for you. Your time is finite. No one of this world knows when it will be our time to pass on to the next life. Do I have your attention now?
If we all had the mentality that time is finite, it might be easier for us to start thinking differently about how we spend it. We might be more willing to take time off from work to do some of the most important things in our lives. I recently read a quote that the average dad only spends 17 minutes of quality time with his kids every week. Yes, you read that correctly. I said not every day, but every week.
So, what is missing from our thought process and culture to create the situation where we don't have the mentality that time is finite? Why do we seen to always have the mentality that we will get to that tomorrow (and never actually get to it)? Tomorrow will not come for some us as we go to bed tonight. If you don't believe me, watch your local news in the morning.
It's time for us to start viewing time differently. It's time for us to admit that time is not on our side. It's time for us to stop putting the truly important things off for tomorrow when we can accomplish them today. The best way to start doing this is to ask yourself a simple question when you are making these decisions:
How Much is Enough?
This question might not make sense on its own, but when applied in context to your current situation, it can begin to really put things in the proper perspective. For example, I had an owner tell me recently that he was going to take a full month off next summer for a planned vacation. I told him that it would cost the pharmacy a lot for him to do this (lost productivity, relief pharmacist pay, etc.). He said word for word, "I am 63 years old. I may only have 15 - 20 summers left on Earth. The amount of money is not worth me missing out on this trip." What he meant was that no amout of money could keep him from taking that trip. He has reached the point where he has enough money (and other material possessions) to allow him to do the other things that are important to him.
So, when you are starting to think about working those extra hours for more money or a bigger boat, please ask yourself if it is worth the things that you will miss. Will what you miss be more valuable than a couple of extra hours in the pharmacy? This mentality will start to put things in the right perspective.
So, how do you make this possible? How do you get to the point where you can take more time off if the time is more valuable than the money? First, adopting the mindset that time is finite can go a long way towards this. Second, it takes hard work and dedication. This may not happen overnight for some of you. Third, finding a the right system can help accelerate this process.
Our system is called the Community Pharmacist Time Optimizer. Please click the below button for a copy of the Time Optimizer. If you are interested in getting started to see if Waypoint can help you, please click the second button called "Get Started Here."
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