Why It’s Important To Find Time Away From Your Practice

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS

I thought I would start the year off on a different note than what I had focused my previous blogs on. As we all set goals for the new year within our practice, it is important to remember that our work is not the only reason we exist. While it is easy to fall into the daily rat race, trying to stay abreast of the latest advancements in podiatry, there is more to life than podiatry.

I can vividly remember one of my podiatry professors from the department of surgery remark, “As soon as we finish school and enter residency, and then the real world, your weekends will no longer exist.” If that is a statement that most of you are living by, then I would advise stepping back and reevaluating your life and goals.

I love coming to work and practicing podiatry just as much as anyone but I do my best to keep it in perspective and still have other interests. My practice is more surgery based and well rounded with no focus on sports medicine. However, I still find time to maintain my involvement in sports medicine by running, blogging and writing articles on this topic. This is not work for me. It keeps me involved in the community and allows me to meet new people, which I love.

However, it also still allows me to be with my family. When the weekends come, I make it a point to spend time with my family and still attend to the needs of my practice. That is not to say that I am not at the hospital at times but I am not living there. For those who are, maybe it is time for a partner or to split some time with a colleague.

Just as rest is important to a runner, it is even more important to a physician, both physically and mentally. I am sure all of you have found that when attempting to accomplish a difficult project, sometimes by walking away and then returning refreshed, you are better able to tackle the job. Imagine what you would be capable of if you took a rest from the daily routines of practice and returned with a new, refreshed mind full of ideas.

Life is short. Enjoy your work, your life and free time. If you do not have any free time, make some.

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