Use The Power of One for Work-Life Balance

We live in a multitasking world. The age of information, combined with hustle culture, has made many solo business owners believe that the only way to get ahead is to do more. But instead of getting ahead, they’re burning out.

Healthcare providers are especially at risk of burnout. According to the 2022 Medscape National Physician Burnout and Depression Report, 47% of health practitioners said they felt burnt out, up from 42% in 2021. Additionally, 24% reported feeling depressed, up from 20% in 2021. The top factors contributing to feeling burned out were too many administrative tasks and long hours at work.

If your practice has you feeling overwhelmed and burned out, it can help to step back and look at what’s working — and not working. When you cut out tasks and processes that take more time and produce fewer results, you’ll have the energy to focus on the one thing that works best for you.

Using the Power of One can create balance in your work and life.

Find Your Personal and Professional Power of One

The Power of One is the idea of moving your focus to the one action that will give you the best results for your efforts.

You know at least a few actions you can take to improve your personal wellbeing. And you probably have a sense of what could make your practice run smoothly or get your patients better results.

But when you focus all your energy on the one action that definitely moves the needle, you will get better results in whatever you are trying to improve.

Your Personal Power of One

If you want to improve your own wellbeing, what is your own personal Power of One?

For example, maybe you know that getting better sleep is your lever. You have been scraping by with the bare minimum rest for too long.

With better sleep, you can think more clearly and have better moods. You know that sleep will give you the energy to do other things that you enjoy — like exercise. And having adequate rest will also help you lose a few pounds by rebalancing leptin and ghrelin hormones, so you’re not as hungry.

Your Power of One action could be as simple as getting into bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time in the morning. As you catch up on sleep, you notice that your health and wellbeing improve incrementally — without making any other dramatic changes.

The Power of One for Patients

When it comes to patients, the Power of One is in your practice specialization.

You may have patients that come to your practice for various health concerns. But when you think about all of the services that you provide, you know that there is one area of specialization that helps patients feel better faster.

When you can focus on just one specialty, supporting more patients is easier. Because patients with similar health issues have similar symptoms, you can narrow down the number of protocols that you offer to solve the root cause.

You can refocus your practice on that specialty to attract and help more of these ideal patients. As your reputation for your specialization and care grows, you will likely get more referrals from satisfied patients that spread the word about your practice.

The Power of One for Your Practice

To grow your practice effectively, you can also use the Power of One.

You might belong to many different networking groups and masterminds. But when you examine your results from participating in them, you may find that one where you meet more referral partners, better accountability, and more resources that support your business. You can put more of your energy into that one network — and drop the other ones that aren’t as fruitful.

You may attract patients from various social media or physician review websites. But there may be just one that provides you with more of your ideal patients. You can build up your profile on that one site and direct more patients to leave reviews for you there, instead of spreading yourself thin on many different networks.

Focus on What Matters

We all have the same number of hours each day. When you spend that time wisely on the actions that make the biggest impact — in your practice and in your personal life — you can naturally reduce stress and gain better work-life balance.