From Drudgery to Fulfillment

By Steve Barrett
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

You have 168 hours in the week, and if you’re a physician, odds are you devote a high percentage of that time to your job. For that reason, it’s vital to make the most of time outside work to recharge.

Beyond typical 60-hour physician work week, “There is mandatory time for sleep, eating, hygiene and exercise, leaving the remaining time for ‘others,’” write physician authors of a 2019 article in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

One strategy for achieving balance among work, physiological requirements and more discretionary pursuits, according to the article, is to repurpose blocks of time to make them more enjoyable and outsource non-work-related chores and other obligations that drain rather than energize.

For example, a lengthy commute is not normally a source of enjoyment, but turning a long train ride into an opportunity to read or listen to music can make it a source of satisfaction rather than misery.

Yard work relaxes some physicians, the authors add, whereas others dread the sight of a mower and rake. Cling to those duties if you enjoy them, and hire a lawn care service if they deflate you.