- Posted Tuesday November 4, 2014
Did you know that today is the 16th annual “Stress Awareness Day” - so how have things changed since they felt the need, back then, to launch this event?
Well in 1998 the DVD format was first launched, Boyzone where voted band of the year and the UK came second in the Eurovision song contest.
Where are we now?
DVDs are now more likely to be seen on Flog It, Boyzone have had numerous farewell tours, last year the UK came 17th in the Eurovision Song contest and in general the pace of change seems to have truly accelerated. However, I assume that when we look back in another 16 years time we might regard today as ‘the good old days’.
However, it feels as though change is now our only constant in primary care.
This may explain why in a recent survey 70% of Practice Managers said they had thought about quitting their jobs. First Practice Management’s recruitment team has also recently tracked a 12% increase in Practice Manager Vacancies, with associated feedback suggesting that prime contributors to this increase include factors such as ‘too much change’, ‘a lack of support’, and ‘too much bureaucracy’.
So how do you stop the world if you want to get off?
The bad news is that you can’t, but the good news is that you can press the pause button and take some time to reflect on how you are leading your life and if it has a balance that you are happy with.
The key to such an activity is to keep it simple and one easy tool you may find useful in carrying out such a ‘stock take’ is the ‘wheel of life’.
The format of this, as the name suggests, is a wheel that is divided into a number of segments with each spoke having 10 points.
You rate each area of your life, based on the categories around the wheel. Below are the fairly standard categories, but you can personalise these to whatever is important to you. Then mark the appropriate point on the spoke working from the middle outwards.
If you score 10 on all areas, your life is perfectly balanced and how you want it to be. To get the overall picture you then need to join-up the points to see what your wheel looks like.
If your wheel is less than your ideal, you might want to ask yourself the following questions;
- Why are some of the areas of my life scoring more highly than others and is that how I REALLY want it to be?
- What would I like to change?
- What am I prepared to do - to get the life I want?
- How could I bring my life into balance?
- When do I want to have achieved this by?
Once you’ve answered these questions you can map a route from where you are to where you want to be.
A simple way of doing this is to create a “goal plan”. This can be in whatever format is most meaningful for you either in words, if that ‘floats your boat’ or in pictures if that ‘butters your parsnips’. An example of a picture plan being, as follows;
You can then track your progress by revisiting your ‘wheel of life’, at predetermined times and if you have fully committed to your needed changes you should start to see your wheel increasingly get into the balance you want.
One potential reason why pressure can turn into stress can be a sense that you are less in control of your destiny than you want to be.
So why not pamper yourself today and take some time to review your ‘wheel of life’. If it is not how you want it, commit to a plan and start doing something about it today. Before, as John Lennon nearly said,” [Practice] life starts getting in the way”.
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