For my latest ask Dr. Geier column, I wanted to answer a question that might seem silly. Trust me, though. I receive this question, asked in different ways, all the time. Doctors and other healthcare providers ask me how they can be active in social media, or even write blog posts or record podcasts, on top of the time spent in their jobs. Lisa, who wrote the question here, is a physical therapist who wants to write but is swamped in her day-to-day duties with patient care and teaching.
How could she possibly carve out time to take on new projects? How can she get more done? How can you?
As always, while this question is not medical, please remember that I cannot and will not discuss specific medical information by email, online, on my show, or in the comments at the end of these posts. My responses are meant to provide general medical information and education. Please consult your physician or health care provider for your specific medical concerns.
Lisa Grant, DPT/ATC in Orlando, Florida asks:
I don’t know how you do all that you do. Tell me how to be superwoman. Tell me how you do it all.
It is a terrific – and essential – question. With a full-time position as an orthopaedic surgeon, plus writing blog posts five days per week, recording a weekly podcast, writing a regular newspaper column and articles for other publications, you might be surprised that I don’t stay up half the night every night cranking out work. I did that for 18 months when I started the blog. It wasn’t sustainable.
Now I sleep much more and feel much less stress, despite taking on more projects. How? I have help. The screencast video explains it in much more detail.
As you saw, I use a virtual assistant mainly for my blog, podcast, writing, and media work. It works for me. You might have a completely different list of tasks you could offload to free up a few hours each day.
You might need help scheduling personal appointments or professional meetings. A VA can manage your calendar. You might be swamped with an overflowing email inbox. A VA can keep your inbox under control. You might need help with personal tasks, like ordering flowers for a friend or shopping online for birthday gifts. I am constantly trying to find more tasks I can delegate so I can get more done and create more free time.
I mentioned on the video that Jen, my executive assistant, works for eaHELP. There are a number of firms, both in the United States and internationally, that match clients with virtual assistants. You can look into all of the options if you consider hiring a VA.
After a brief, unsuccessful experience with another VA firm, I tried eaHELP, and they have been fantastic. The management team spent a lot of time matching the types of tasks I wanted help with as well as the qualities I was looking for until they found a perfect match. Jen, who lives in South Dakota, has been unbelievable. We’ve worked together for about eight months. We started at five hours per week and recently increased to ten hours each week. I expect that we will keep increasing as I move forward.
I can’t end this discussion of how I do all that I do without mentioning that I have others who help in invaluable ways. Stephanie Coffin, who runs the site Bellies, Babies & Beyond, serves as my social media advisor and helps with research and statistics. Prateek Prasanna helps with the That’s Gotta Hurt segments on my podcast and with information about famous athletes’ injuries. I have two coaches who serve as strategic advisors.
I hope that gives you at least a glimpse into the Dr. David Geier team and how I get my work done. Maybe a virtual assistant can help you.
Note: If you would like more information on software and other tools I use, such as Basecamp and WorkFlowy shown in the video, check out the Resources page.
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