Not enough time to get everything done? Time to stop ‘doing it all’

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It’s a comment I often hear from dentists as I travel around the UK…time-flies

‘I just don’t have the time’. ‘There isn’t enough time for me to do everything’.

Perhaps you have heard yourself saying something similar…

My reply to each and every dentist?

Make your business work for you rather than the other way round.

This involves recognising what you are good at and where you need to pass on tasks to others.

First of all, ask yourself two questions:

1. What is it that is taking up my time?

Analysing this will help you estimate what percentage of your time is taken up with tasks which ‘fit’ your skill set and how much is taken up with work which really doesn’t utilise your strengths.

Take a moment to consider this now…the results may surprise you.

I went through this process with a dentist only last week and he was shocked to realise that he was working to his strengths for only 30% of the time.

2. What would I like to free up more time to do?

When you think about this, bear in mind the time you want for both business AND personal activities.

Perhaps you would like to spend more holiday time with your family? Perhaps you are missing out on taking your children to school?

It’s often the personal stuff that dentists miss out on and their families suffer as a result of this too.

Let’s look at how you can pass on some of the work which isn’t really suited to you and claw back some time for these important areas.

List the different areas of work you recognise do not reflect your strengths.

Then consider:

  • Who do you have in your business who would be better to do this work?
  • Would you trust them with this work right away or would they need training?
  • Do you need to find a new trusted resource for the work?

Once you start to plan what work can be passed on and to whom, you can start to delegate it effectively and make time to do what you really want to do.

Get cracking with this process as soon as possible and make 2017 the year you stop ‘doing it all.’

If you would like to discuss how you can delegate tasks with confidence further, call me on 01249 712074. I’m here to help.

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The traditional method of setting goals and gauging the success of a dental business does not automatically provide you with what you need and want. As the dental business owner, it puts you last in the queue. Clear Vision believes that your business should deliver the lifestyle you want. So when you work with our friendly and vibrant team of accountants and business advisers, it starts with you. What you want. How you want to create a difference in your life. Tell us your goals and we’ll work to help you develop a strong, positive dental business which delivers the life you want for you and your family. We have worked with dentists all over the UK since 2001. Dentists who share the same challenges and issues as you. And we’ve seen what factors will really make the difference in improving your results and increasing your rewards. So you benefit from what we know works and doesn’t work. For a taste of the insights we share check out our blog for dentists: www.clearvisiondentalblog.co.uk. We’re ready to share our experience and insights with you. Simply call our friendly team on 01249 712074 for an informal discussion. You’ll have our ear, our understanding and the considerable expertise which comes from successfully improving the lives of dentists like you.