Join host, Dr. Rupa Wong, physician, practice owner & mother of 3, as she empowers women to redefine what having it all means. Each week she delves into the challenges of balance, time management, entrepreneurship, and being a boss on your terms.
married for 2 years (they had a "love marriage" different from the stereotypical arranged marriage that most Westerners know about). My dad was working in Kuwait as an electrical engineer and thought that moving to the U.S. was a great next step. My mother had no frame of reference and figured why not. She moved without any immediate family or support.
I never thought that I had experienced burnout, when I was asked about it a few years ago. I love what I do. Sure, I have felt stressed and overburdened at times, but I didn't think the term burnout applied to me. I never felt like I needed to quit my job or leave medicine altogether. But that's where I was wrong. I had experienced burnout, but I just didn't recognize it.
Recently, a well known consultant in my field made some troubling comments about female ophthalmologists. Though, I do believe they were unintentional, he insinuated that women's desire for work-life balance leads them to work part time and therefore causes issues in succession planning for retiring ophthalmologists.
I was recently interviewed locally to discuss how I had to pivot as a female business owner during the pandemic. Many people don't think about doctors as business owners or entrepreneurs, but that's what we are. Whether you're a physician, dentist, therapist, accountant, attorney, etc. - we all faced challenges these past 15 months.
Are women really more competitive with each other? Does this narrative hold true across all fields? And, is there any way to change it? I came from a residency class in which there were 6 women and 1 man. I know many of our attending physicians were concerned that infighting and cattiness would dominate our program - but I don't think that was the case at all.
I almost made a huge mistake in my practice a few years ago. And, this mistake almost occurred because I wasn't crystal clear on my personal mission and vision statements. Yes, I had a mission statement for my clinic. But, what I wasn't doing was use it to guide my decision making on a daily basis.
Many of us are in professions in which we are taught to be detail oriented and meticulous. But how do you translate those skills - those that make you a good doctor, accountant, attorney, therapist (or whatever your profession is) into being a good boss?
All too often, we pride ourselves on how much we can accomplish in a day. How busy we are and how many things we have still left to do on our task list. It's a cult of busy, as we rush from appointment to appointment, activity to activity. Dr. Wong discusses if this is really necessary and if there are alternatives to constant busyness, while still remaining productive.
In this episode, Dr. Wong discusses the Eisenhower Matrix and how it can apply to your personal and professional life. Distinguishing that not all tasks are important for you to complete will free up more time for yourself to pursue those things that will help you make forward progress.