It’s taken me awhile (decades in fact) to realize that I can’t do it all. Try as we might, we can’t be everywhere and doing everything all the time. That is beyond superhuman. What we CAN do is to identify what is most important and commit to that. Whether the quest is in your personal or professional life, it’s crucial to define your top priorities and do something (however small) that will help you achieve your goals in accordance with your top priority.
2015 is still in its infancy. As you approach the remainder of the New Year, ask yourself what is most important. Then identify one small thing you can do daily that aligns with that priority, and do it.
For many leaders, improving the patient experience is a big goal. The dozens of best practices we read about can be overwhelming. Yet, if you can commit to observing and giving regular, timely feedback and recognition, you will be moving closer to your goal. The priority then becomes as simple as committing to walking around your department daily. It doesn’t have to be an hour at a time, but rather, 10 to 15 minute increments. You can even tie it to your fitness goals and wear a Fitbit. Hey! Rounding burns calories and gets in some extra physical activity. Make rounding a priority and who knows what you’ll accomplish in 2015!