How I Got My Life Back
I work for Encompass Home Health as a physical therapist. We enter our documentation on our electronic tablet devices. I developed a habit of not finishing the documentation in the home. This meant I had lots of homework to do into the late nights and early mornings. I bordered on burn-out or even worse because I was eating, sleeping and drinking my job and I did not have a life or any time for anything but work. I was so frustrated and tired of it. THEN…
At the January 2017 workshop at the Dallas Home Office I learned about setting Wildly Important Goals (WIGS), from April Anthony the CEO of Encompass Home Health. So, I set my first WIG to Finish All My Documentation in the home. This was kind of like breaking the 4-minute mile because I had never done it and did not know anyone else that had done it.
I knew I needed more energy and mental clarity to accomplish such a lofty goal so I stayed well hydrated by drinking plenty of non-caffeinated drinks- especially water and took my favorite supplement that kept me alert and sharp. That combination gave me the energy and focus I needed. As a result I got my life back because I no longer have the excessive homework I used to have. I consistently finish my documentation in the home now and I am much happier and more fulfilled.
(The concept of WIGs comes from “The 3 Disciplines of Execution” by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling) I have a life outside of work!
I went back to the Encompass Home Office six months later, in June of 2017, for the Certified Preceptor Workshop. I knew the Workshop would be vitally important and I wanted to stay alert for it.
The challenge was, I was in a habit of taking a short “Power nap” at noon to set me up for a busy afternoon of completing my documentation in the home. I knew I would not have the luxury of taking noon power naps at the Preceptor Workshop.
I made sure I stayed hydrated and took my favorite supplement throughout the training. As a result I remained alert and focused throughout the class even while I noticed many others (much younger than me) losing focus and getting tired in the afternoons.
As a result of staying fully engaged throughout the Workshop I learned a lot and was greatly inspired to help others to also have a life outside of work.
Tom LeBlanc, PT
Encompass Home Health and Hospice