(This article is part of the ongoing column 12 Steps to Success.)

“Those who manage their time well create order and organization in their home and work environments and honor their commitments consistently. Effective time managers also report a significantly increased sense of well-being, decreased stress levels, and increased satisfaction from ‘feeling in charge’ of one’s life. They also experience having more time to do the things ‘that really matter’—exercise, time with friends and family, time for self-care and relaxation—and a greater sense of energy and interest in the world around them.”—Jennifer Brandt, PhD, MSW, LISW-S

Life in veterinary practice is hectic. We are treating patients, running diagnostics, greeting clients and patients walking in the office, and answering the telephone, all at the same time.

Working efficiently is extremely important; however, efficiency and time management are distinctly different skills. In his classic book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey suggests that we should focus on being effective (getting the most important things done) rather than attempting to be efficient (getting more done). This is the essence of time management.1

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Originally Published: Veterinary Team Brief

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