Let it flow like a river
So it’s been 2 weeks since I became a part-time dentist… and I’m loving it! My theory “do less of what you don’t enjoy and with time you’ll enjoy it” is already proving true as my inherent interest in dentistry is returning. I’m generally enjoying my time in work now, being more productive, relishing the good patient interactions and seeing the challenge in the more difficult ones. But the most exciting part is I’ve started working on my other projects.
I’ve realised making small simple changes can influence your general happiness and well being. For me, leaving the house just 15 minutes earlier for work means my days can start out more organised and less stressful; finding the time to try to chat to my patients for a little longer where possible leads to higher job satisfaction; stopping those feelings of dread on a Sunday and enjoying the moment instead.
Although it can be very hard to think positive thoughts when you’re feeling down it really can be just a matter of changing your mindset. To distract yourself get stuck in to a team sport, relax and recuperate with Yoga or Pilates, read articles about your passions, practice your hobbies or lose yourself in music or a good book!
“See the positive side, the potential, and make an effort.” – Dalai Lama
So here it is, the year 2014 and my first blog…
I’m embarking on this year having made the decision to work part-time as a dentist. As someone who feels trapped in a career they don’t like you repeatedly see the following phrase.. “do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life”. I’m sure this is true but how achievable is it?
My theory that I’m testing out is “do less of what you don’t enjoy and with time you’ll enjoy it”. It’s well known that if you have/do too much of anything then you don’t appreciate it and it can become a drag. So here’s my advice, go part-time leaving you more time to do the things you really enjoy.. reading, painting, exercising, spending time with family or friends and personal projects. Yet you still have a steady income.
So maybe I’m in a very fortunate position to be able to do this without many bills to pay or any children to look after. I realise that for many working part-time just simply isn’t an option but for all those unhappy stressed out people in high paying, high pressure jobs I bet it is. How much money do you really need? It goes back to one of my favourite mantras “money doesn’t bring happiness”. Sure it can help but life’s too short to spend it unhappy.
I climbed the tree to see the world