New Year’s Resolutions
I hope everyone had a Happy New Year! There is nothing I like more than wiping the slate clean. A fresh start, the feeling that anything is possible and the future is unwritten. How can we be improve ourselves, make work less stressful and enjoy life more? Some of you may make New Year’s resolutions because you are goal setters. Some of you may despise New Year’s resolutions because they aren’t accomplished, so why make them? In any case, here are a few ideas.
Turn off your smartphone during dinner. Enjoy the peace.
Shop locally, eat locally. Be involved in supporting our community.
Develop time management strategies so you have more time for you.
Go someplace you’ve never been, travel!
Volunteer and serve the least among us (get in touch with CADF; they’d be happy to help)
Be outside more, breathe that fresh air!
Learn one new thing a week; it doesn’t have to be about dentistry!
Be more open and honest, let your life be a window and not a wall.
Wear a flower in your hair (or on your jacket lapel)
Live more minimalistically.
Have more gratitude and teach it to your kids.
Drive less, stretch your legs.
Attend the CADF Gala April 16, 2016 (shameless plug)
Make an effort to respond to emails quickly so they don’t fall through the cracks. (This will be a hard one for me)
Actually DO some of the DIY projects you’ve pinned.
Develop closer relationships with your patients.
Fire the most time consuming and mentally exhausting patient from your practice.
Write a handwritten thank you note. In an era of digital communication, this has a huge impact.
For those of you who don’t do New Year’s Resolutions or can’t get past the 3 week mark of “I’m going to exercise more” consider just doing One Word. One Word that will focus your efforts and goals for the next year. We used to write our short and long-term goal every year as part of our annual office planning meeting. We have now gone to One Word to hone ourselves as individuals and also for our team and practice.
Determine what your One Word is going to be. Well first you may want to read the book One Word. Two years ago my word was “Serve”. It helped me to get involved with my church, CADS and at my kid’s schools. I vowed to serve others more than myself, that included my patients, my staff, my family. This past year was “Breathe”. Those of you who know me, know I’m not the calmest or most relaxed individual. For me, Breathe, meant to take more time in the moment, to be present in whatever situation I was in. Take a breath, calm down, there’s no hurry, no reason to get worked up. This ended up applying to difficult dentistry situations or taking the world’s slowest walk with my children. For 2016 my word will be to “Listen”. My husband thought that was hilarious and asked if he was included! A perfect example of how there is always room for improvement. I certainly want to learn to listen to my family better. My friends, the pastor at our church, God, the list goes on and on. Sometimes I listen to my patient’s best because I pay attention more. They tell us so many things with their words, body language and even by what they don’t say. I want to be like that with everyone, even you. I want to listen. So if there are things about CADS that you want to see changed, or have comments of appreciation please let me know. Your elected board of this society and our executive director, the fabulous Nancy Nisbett, is here to serve dentistry in this community and more importantly support and serve you. We are here to listen.
Good luck in 2016!
By Elyse Cronin Barron, DDS
CADS President, 2015-2016