A new year is always an opportunity for growth, fresh perspectives, which can lead to added stress. While dentistry is rewarding, running your own practice comes with a long list of to-dos, systems to put in place, and it can be overwhelming. It might feel unavoidable at times, but stress doesn’t have to take the front seat in your practice. Here are a few tips to prepare you for a stress-free new year.
Check-In with Your Systems
Automation is key to simplifying your stress. Of course, this means using smart systems within your practice to streamline your patient experience, but you can also automate your own life. Consider automatic bill pay, having groceries delivered, and anything else that can be outsourced. While this is not directly connected to your practice, it takes some things off your plate so you can unwind and recharge when you’re not at the office.
Have A Daily Meeting With Staff
Start the day off with a morning meeting. This is an excellent time to check in with your team, set the tone for the day, and be prepared for the upcoming appointments. Getting everyone on the same page at the start of the day sets you all up for success for the rest of the day.
Build Self-Care Into Your Day
Don’t forget to add some daily movement or recharge time into your schedule. It’s easy to get caught up in patients and your practice, causing you to forget to save some time and energy for yourself. When you feel your best, you do your best- and can handle stress more productively.
Find Your Why
It’s easy to get into the daily grind and forget why you started in the first place. Take some time to appreciate how far you have come and integrate things that bring joy into your practice. Maybe that’s new technology, expanding your knowledge, or any other goals you have. Reflecting back to where you started can positively impact where you are now.
Reduce No Shows
Having unfilled appointments can derail your day so try to have systems in place to reduce canceled appointments. Make sure to check in the day before the appointment and send reminders. You can also reduce cancelations or no-shows by having same-day dentistry options. This is a major selling point to patients because it reduces the number of visits they need to make to your office, and it will allow you to offer a more streamlined experience for them.
While dental schools give you the tools to become a dentist, they do not always teach you about the business side of dentistry. Having someone in your corner who has the expertise and experience to help you will reduce your practice’s stress and learning curve.