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    Keys to finding balance in a successful practice

    Editor’s Note: Welcome to “Eye Catching: Let's Chat,” a blog series featuring contributions from members of the ophthalmic community. These blogs are an opportunity for ophthalmic bloggers to engage with readers with about a topic that is top of mind, whether it is practice management, experiences with patients, the industry, medicine in general, or healthcare reform. The series continues with this blog by Donna Suter, president of Suter Consulting Group. The views expressed in these blogs are those of their respective contributors and do not represent the views of Ophthalmology Times or UBM Medica.

    How can I have a successful private practice and still ensure life balance?

    In 2016, this is the question I hear most frequently. It should come as no surprise to you that busy eyecare practitioners need help with time management issues.

    Blog: For whose convenience—the practice or the patient?

    Yes, the bright professionals I coach have usually found a way to juggle career, family, and extracurricular activities during an ordinary day. It is the un-ordinary day that creates havoc.

    Develop your action plan before you get into a crisis

    Certain ‘surprise’ situations cannot be ignored. Other time-consuming activities are joyful and are meant to be celebrated. None can be put off to the last minute. All involve time management.

    What is on your list?

    Typical challenges mentioned to me include the following:

    1.    Writing and conducting all 2015 service reviews (deadline missed)
    2.    Unexpected pregnancy
    3.    Thinking through counseling sessions with key employees regarding performance lapses
    4.    Hiring to fill a unexpected job vacancy
    5.    Finding an associate doctor
    6.    Training/coaching employees not able to keep up with clinic pace

    Money Matters: Is it better to pay off debt or invest my money?

    Taking control of your time

    Donna Suter
    Donna Suter is president of Suter Consulting Group.

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