Dentists are often perfectionists. That’s a blessing and a curse. It’s great to have high standards, but many dentists feel compelled to perform non-clinical tasks because they like things done a certain way. Unfortunately, putting too much on your plate is a sure recipe for high stress and endless frustration.
If you feel over-worked and overstressed, try this… As you go through your day doing what you normally do, ask yourself, “Who else could be doing this task?”
It’s amazing how many non-clinical and administrative duties dentists take on. Maybe when first entering practice, dentists had to pitch in here and there because their team was small and overworked.
But there comes a point when dentists have to give away all those non-clinical activities that are eating up their time. That’s what the team is for, and that’s what experts for, whether they be accountants, payroll companies, consultants, etc.
Remember, the more support in a person’s life, the more energy he or she has to produce high-quality dentistry and still have energy left over to enjoy other activities.