How to Maximize Time Away on a Business Trip
Coordinate an ongoing project. I was once in the middle of upgrading my office phone system while away on a business trip. There was a lot of paperwork that needed to be signed and returned, as well as follow-up phone calls to schedule the installation. Utilize the business center in the hotel to print your documents. Download apps on your phone that have scanning capabilities. The Tiny Scanner app on my iPhone has saved me hours of time scanning and emailing documents right from my phone, in turn allowing me to get projects done without missing a beat. Do some monthly, quarterly, or yearly planning. Time away allows me to clear my head and refocus on my short-term and long- term goals. Each person should implement a system to keep track of personal and professional goals. I personally prefer the traditional notebook planner. I find this to be the best way for me to keep track of my goals for the rest of the year. About 10–20 minutes spent on my personal planner allows me to gain clarity and refocus on my next steps for the months ahead. I have a personal knack for traditional planners because, as I look back to the previous months in my own writing, I see how many goals I have achieved within that timeline. So, find the system that works for you and utilize the downtime away from your hectic home life to plan out these goals and assess where you stand with them. Read, write, and listen to audiobooks or podcasts. If you also love to read, an airplane ride is excellent reading time in my opinion. I prefer reading business books, especially if the topics are relevant to that particular business trip. If you have a preference for audiobooks or podcasts, the waiting time at the airport is also a perfect time to be plugged in (but don’t miss your flight!). As I am sitting in the boarding area writing this article, I hope that these little tips will help you utilize your time away from the office. Take advantage of the time difference when scheduling for phone calls so that you can be the most efficient while away.
Do you wish you had more hours in the day? Time away from the office as a business owner is common and expected. First, I want to say that if you choose to get some shut-eye and rest while you’re away, it may be the healthiest thing you can do for yourself. We all need to unwind! Upon arriving in a new town, touring and perhaps venturing into a new restaurant can be therapeutic once the business conference is over. Business lunches and dinners help to extend your network and broaden your horizons. Aside from the main goals of business trips, there are many different ways to utilize time to tie loose ends. Schedule short business phone calls. I take car services to the airport. During this one-hour drive, I like to schedule short phone calls with different business contacts. This could be a new vendor you are trying to establish a relationship with or a colleague with whom you wish to connect. I find this quiet hour extremely productive and without distraction.
Alternatively, call your mother or your best friend just to say hello. Catching up is good for you too.
Pay bills. This is also a great time to take care of business or personal finances. Be sure you are in an isolated and secure environment, such as your hotel room, and that you have a connection that you know is secure.
–Y. Cathy Hung, DDS, Dip. ABOMS Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Founder, Morning Glory Women Dentists Network of New Jersey
Help Your Kids Achieve More This Year WITH SIMPLE AND ACTIONABLE GOALS
Keep things simple and achievable.
With every new year comes an opportunity to reinvent ourselves or start down a new path toward self- improvement. Making resolutions is a big part of many families’New Year’s traditions, and parents often have a desire for their kids to take part in that tradition when they’re old enough. Following through on resolutions is tough, especially for young children, but with your help, they can achieve their goals.
When your kids are forming their resolutions, their first attempts will probably be very broad. Statements like “I want to be more kind”or “I will try to help more around the house” incorporate good values but don’t include any actionable steps. Help your kids think of tangible ways to act on those goals. For example, if they want to be tidier, a good resolution might be for them to clean their room once a week or take responsibility for one household chore every day. Don’t do all the work for them. While it’s important for you to help your kids formulate their goals, be sure that you aren’t taking over. If they’re ultimately responsible for their resolutions, they’ll feel more compelled to keep them. Instead, suggest different goal areas they could improve, such as home, school, or sports, and let them elaborate. When it comes to creating habits, nobody is perfect, so even if your kids falter on their goals in the middle of February, don’t worry. The important thing is that you continue to encourage them every step of the way.
Practice what you preach.
You are your children’s role model for almost everything, including following through on New Year’s resolutions. So, ask yourself if you follow through on your own resolutions. When you proclaim that you will read more books or finally get a gym membership, do you actually try to do it? Your kids will assign as much importance to New Year’s resolutions as you do, so by sticking to your own commitments, you can help them stay on track too.
SCREEN-TIME STRATEGIES How to Set a Family Media Use Plan
Construct a ‘Media Diet’
With 24/7 media exposure from TVs, computers, and smartphones, it feels like life is dominated by screens. Consider implementing a media use plan for your family so they don’t miss out on the real world. Set a Curfew Limiting the time your children spend staring at a screen is good for their health. Try to keep screen-time usage to under two hours per day. Implement a rule for no screens at mealtimes, and keep all screens out of bedrooms at night. Keep track of the devices by having a communal charging dock in a shared area where you can make sure everything is plugged in for the night. Have a Chat Don’t shy away from warning your kids about what exists in the digital world. Explain to them that certain content isn’t age-appropriate, and teach them what movie and TV ratings mean. Remind them to be careful about what they put on the internet because anything they upload never really goes away. Teach them to be smart with their decisions. Connect with them on social media if it helps you keep an eye on things.
Take an active role in what your children watch by co-viewing programs with them. You’ll have a better sense of what
they’re seeing and can point them toward the
programming that’s right for them. Look for educational media choices that teach good values. There are a lot of great educational opportunities on the
internet, but there’s also a lot of room for negative exposure. If this is a concern,
keep the family computer in a public part of your home so you can see what they’re accessing online.
It’s important to educate your children about proper media health, but it’s even more important to encourage your kids to be healthy in other ways. Beyond the tips mentioned above, encourage them to play outdoors and read physical books so they can participate more actively in the real world.
May 6, 2020: Dental Practice Management Night ANight With Dr. Pick and Dr. Nacho
More about Dr. Goodman: Dr. Paul Goodman has a passion for teaching, speaking, and giving back to the dental community. In 2016, he joined United Dental Brokers of America and helps dentists with buying and selling. In 2017, he also founded
You are invited to a night of education and entertainment as Dr. Nacho meets the Purple Cow!
On May 6, 2020, we will be holding a lecture featuring the esteemed Robert Pick, D.D.S., M.S., F.A.C.D., F.I.C.D. (known for the Purple-Cow-Wow!) and Paul “Dr. Nacho” Goodman, D.M.D. These two professionals will come together to talk about dental practice management and answer many of your toughest questions about dental practice management. But it’s not all business! When two great speakers come together, you can expect a few surprises along the way. You’ll laugh and learn! More about Dr. Pick: As a business practice management consultant, coach, bestselling author, and entrepreneur, he’s high energy and entertaining as he educates those he speaks to. He developed the PBR! , or
the Facebook group “Dental Nachos,” based on his love of helping and kindly
annoying dentists. He also really loves nachos.
Dr. Goodman, aka Dr. Nacho, is also part of “The Dental Amigos” podcast (TheDentalAmigos.com).
the Pick Business Team-Building Retreat, a way to help practices improve, grow, and achieve success. Dr. Pick serves as
In the podcast, he and many other professionals tackle the subject of the business of dentistry, along with many other adjacent topics.
CEO of The Pick Group, a practice firm based on ethics and excellence all designed to yield a happy, healthy, and wealthy practice.
Dr. Goodman is a practicing general dentist and the managing partner of a group practice with two locations along with his brother, Jeffrey, in Mercer County, New Jersey. Over the past 10 years, he has acquired three dental practices and has transformed his father’s general practice into a dental group that employs four general dentists, several specialists, and over 20 team members between the two locations.
Dr. Pick has also been recognized by Dentistry Today as one of the “Top 200 Leaders in Continuing Education”—
Dental Practice Management Night
Featuring Dr. Pick and Dr. Nacho Wednesday, May 6, 2020 6–9 p.m. Location TBD $75 (60% OFF OF TICKETED PRICE) Available for purchase at: Eventbrite.com/e/mothers-day-dental-management-seminar-and- dinner-party-tickets-83787457541
an honor he has received every year the award has been given (21-plus years). It’s an honor well earned as he has presented programs both nationally and internationally and has published several articles and book chapters in scientific literature — including the first-ever text on “Lasers in Dentistry.”Today, many of his articles can be found in Dentistry Today. Additionally, Dr. Pick is engaged full time in private practice periodontics, implants, and oral medicine in Aurora, Illinois. He is also a member of the attending staff of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a clinical associate professor of surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
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INSIDE This Issue
Make Time Work fo r You PAGE 1
Helping Your Kids Make New Year’s Resolutions PAGE 2 Tips to Establish a Family Media Use Plan PAGE 2
Laugh and Learn: Dr. Nacho Meets the Purple Cow PAGE 3
Stay in Touch PAGE 4
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