Seeing yourself offering a successful and smooth running private practice or even visualising
getting what you want from a waiting room situation is not a new “thing in business”. In fact it
has quite an established history to its theory. Not something that is woo woo but has real
positive results and in principle, it’s a pretty simple idea with no financial costs.
Try it. You have nothing to loose!
Firstly, before you arrive at the office or surgery, you should take some time to really
focus on knowing and remember the purpose of the interaction ahead of you. The most
important thing is to see what outcome it is you really want. What an ideal day at your
medical office, waiting room or surgery? There are, of course, many scenarios that could be
of a negative end for you, so you should discount them and focus on what your goals and
A very good practical exercise is to take 5 minutes at least once a day, it can be done at for
any practice management office and any private practice manger, Ideally at the start of your
day or to prepare yourself before conducting an interview, hosting a meeting or making an
important phone call. Breathe deeply and spend the 5 minutes imagining a successfully run
waiting room. efficient staff and happy patents and the flow of an stress less day.
Based along the same lines as Feng Shui a ‘Good Career Desk’ can help you reignite some
energy into your business and your life in general.
The main principles surround the location of our desk, type of desk and where you locate
particular items on the desk. The following is a breakdown of the key areas.
Location – Sitting with your back to a solid wall with a view of the door and/or windows
allows for more focus and clarity. Historically, as humans we would have protected ourselves
by ensuring that our entrance and exits were patrolled. This natural human instinct is what
drives us to want to face towards an opening into a room.
Type of desk – The type of work that you are involved in will determine the best type of
desk. For example, if you are a creative worker a round desk will be more suited to your
work as you will be able to spread yourself around the table and move freely around its
exterior. If you are working with figure or facts a rectangular desk will work to your
advantage, allowing for the placement of work documents in logical areas of your desk.
Location of items – Various items tend to clutter the desks of busy individuals. The correct
placement of these items can help to clear your thinking and improve your effectiveness. For
example placing a desk lamp for more light can improve wellbeing. Placed to your left hand
side it can help focus your attention on matters in hand, flowers and pot plants can bring an
air sense of freshness. Even placing office items like telephones, diaries or reference books
to your left-hand side can make all the difference as it complements the knowledge side of
Overload! – You can have too much of a good thing. Don’t clutter your desk with pictures, it
can act as distraction. A few carefully chosen ones, though strategically placed in the middle
to top right-hand corner of the desk, can be therapeutic.
By PPM Software: Passionate about private practice efficiency and management.