Job satisfaction is a defining reason why professionals remain at their place of employment or seek new opportunities. For independent physicians, your job satisfaction is up to you. Changing a few key daily activities could make you happier with your working life.
1. Make time for personal needs
The majority of doctors work between 40 and 60 hours per week, according to the American Medical Association. Anyone who works toward the latter part of the scale will be more prone to burnout than those who work a more reasonable schedule.
If you're starting to feel burnt out, make time for your personal needs. That could mean going on vacation, but there are also a few adjustments you can make to your daily routine to provide a steady flow of "Me" time.
For instance, the American Academy of Family Physicians recommended starting each day by catching up on the latest news. Depending on your schedule, you can get dressed while listening to the news or program your smartphone to offer up a daily news briefing each morning. This routine will help you feel less out of the loop with current events.
2. Consider locum tenens work
When you've been at the same organization for a long time, your working habits can fall into an automatic pattern. In some ways, routine is great – it helps you get through the day. In others, routine can sap your creative energy.
You may be stuck in what psychologists call "liminal space." Psychology Today reported that this is the feeling you get when you try to get out of a rut, but don't have a plan of action to replace the habit. Getting out of your comfort zone can help you replenish your energy.
Locum tenens work – temporary assignments at other healthcare organizations – are excellent ways for physicians to sharpen their skills and shake off the uncomfortable feeling of getting stuck in a bland routine.
3. Know when to look for a new position
If you've tried to change your working routine, but still end up feeling unsatisfied at the end of each day, it may be time for a more permanent change of scenery. Knowing when to step away and pursue other opportunities is vital to long-term job satisfaction.
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