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. I remember crying out, “Lord Jesus, I need help.” 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 ionized alkaline water and took my favorite supplements. That combination is what gave me the extra 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.
Accomplishing this was like breaking the 4-minute mile. No one had ever ran the mile in less than 4 minutes. It seemed like an impossible task. However, since Roger Bannister broke the 4-minute barrier on May 6, 1954 several thousand runners have also done it. This demonstrates that when we see that something is possible we can believe it is also possible for us. For me this was a 4-minute mile accomplishment and my greatest goal is that every frustrated clinician can realize that if he can accomplish this seemingly impossible task of finishing the documentation in the home so can I. (By the way, I am ashamed to say that when I started my journey to 100% in-home documentation my percentage was 10%. It was so easy to say “Incomplete. Finish it later.”)
(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!
UPDATE: Today is 2-9-18 and I have been 100% homework-free for over a year (since the January 2017 Foundations Workshop.) I love the fact that I still have the freedom to do things I enjoy doing – outside of work.
Tom LeBlanc, PT
Encompass Home Health and Hospice