Hours of Operation: Monday – Wednesday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday – Sunday Closed
MAINTAINING A BALANCE Putting Your Phone Down
my kids, I try to be with them as much as possible. I try not to open my phone, and I even avoid looking at it as much as possible, which helps minimize the amount of time I spend on it when I’m with my boys. While there’s a lot of good use for our phones, the main problem they present is a constant distraction from the people around us. Everyone is very driven by their phones, mostly because they give us access to everything work-related. This is something I regularly see, even when I’m out enjoying dinner with my family. There will be a group of people sitting together to have dinner, but instead of talking to each other, they’ll all be on their devices. My wife and I have tried to set boundaries to keep as perfect of a balance as we can. While I’m at work, my wife knows that she can get in touch with me, especially if there happens to be a problem. However, she also knows that’s the time I’m focused on giving patient care and respects that boundary. When I’m home, I respect that boundary by not being on my phone for any reason. If we’re out to dinner, I leave it in the car so that I don’t have it on me while I’m with my family. I know it’s not easy to stay off your phone. It takes constant discipline. Most of us carry our phones with us at all times, which serves as a continual temptation. There are many different methods people use to minimize their cell phone use. I’ve found that removing it from the equation works well, but I know other people who hide it in their nightstand drawer or use apps that disable it for a certain amount of time. We all know that finding the perfect work-life balance is important, but it’s also vital to know which method works best for you. If you’re trying to find a balance in your life, try separating yourself from your phone during your moments at home. You never know; it could be exactly what you’re looking for. “I think one of the most significant reasons people have trouble getting that separation and relaxation time away from work is because we always have our phones on us. “
Maintaining a work-life balance is pretty significant. Many people struggle with separating their work and their home lives because both are equally important. However, once you find a method that works for you, it helps reduce the stress you’re feeling. My schedule is set so I work Monday through Thursday and have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off. I did this to have a better work-life balance. With this schedule, I’m able to concentrate more on work when I’m at work and more on my family while I’m at home. When I’m done with patients on Thursday, I separate from the work environment and focus on spending as much time as I can with my wife and kids. I came up with this idea after reading Tim Ferriss’ book, “The 4-Hour Workweek.” I can’t work four hours a week, especially in my line of work, as I have to see my patients. However, I decided to come up with the next best scenario: my current schedule. My work days are very long, but once they’re over, I can unplug and focus on family time during the weekend. I think one of the most significant reasons people have trouble getting that separation and relaxation time away from work is because we always have our phones on us. It can be easy to lose a few hours by checking your phone for emails, messages, or texts when you’re trying to relax. The best thing I’ve found to avoid falling into this habit is that when I’m with
-Dr. Todd P. Sullivan
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