What's so bad about a backlog?Apr 19, 2021
Ask any physician, there’s plenty of things wrong with a backlog.
Here’s some common thoughts:
- A backlog means I’m inefficient
- A backlog means I’m a terrible physician
- A backlog means I could lose my job
- A backlog means I will need a performance review
Any of these thoughts contribute to overwhelm, exhaustion, shame, guilt, self-doubt.
You want to give up. Perhaps it means you need to leave clinical medicine?
Well, as a physician Charting Coach I want you to know that I don’t let your backlog mean anything about YOU. I still see you, struggling under the weight of unfinished charts and inboxes.
Yes you are still worthy, yes you are still allowed to have a life, yes you can enjoy yourself on the weekend.
The overwhelm, shame and guilt simply cause you to be stuck.
You have a lack of momentum and then the backlog becomes an impossible and growing mountain.
So what now?
It starts with compassion and a do-able plan
- Give yourself rewards for achievement, however small.
- Plan time that is not backlog time, where you intentionally forget about it.
- Plan focus time for thinking about how you would like to approach your backlog.
You can close a chart one at a time until it’s done!