Becker’s Spine Review is a publication for orthopedic and spine surgeons and surgery center administrators. Each week, Becker’s releases additions to their Ask Spine Surgeons series, and earlier this month, spine surgeons were asked to explain how they balance a heavy workload with everyday life. Check out Dr. Richard Kube’s responses, below!
Richard Kube, MD, Founder, CEO, Prairie Spine & Pain Institute, Peoria, Ill.:
Maintaining a work-life balance is critical to success and is enhanced through efficiency. You really only have a certain amount of time in a day and a lot of that time is wasted or mismanaged by a lot of individuals. We certainly all have a lot of work to do to take care of our patients and to manage our practices. If we employ the right personnel and utilize the right tools and technologies, we can be more efficient which provides us with more time to have a life outside of work.
Frankly, it is important to make time for exercise, family and friends to prevent burnout and complacency. By doing that you maintain vigor for your work and may find that your productivity can actually increase because of the improved quality and effectiveness of the work you perform while under less stress. Also, the positive attitude that comes with that balance will also be noticed by those around you. In turn, the resulting improvement in interpersonal and inter-business relationships can translate into added success. In this manner you can now create a cycle that in some ways feeds upon itself to continuously improve your work-life balance.