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Managing self: time, priorities, and well-being 

Managing self: time, priorities, and well-being
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Managing self: time, priorities, and well-being
Author(s):

Nikolina Jovanovic

, Andrea Fiorillo

, and Wulf Rössler

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10.1093/med/9780198723646.003.0004
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date: 23 January 2022

Training and the early career period, more than any other stage in the physician’s career, is characterized by significant stress and work–life imbalance. To maintain a high level of service provision, while keeping or even improving mental health and well-being, one needs to learn a few ‘tips and tricks’. It is essential to have a clear vision of professional and private life goals, and this chapter outlines some basic principles about the management of time and priorities. It takes time and energy to achieve the desired work–life balance, and actions in that direction might include significant life changes, such as moving home, reducing working hours, making time for personal psychotherapy and additional supervision, starting with regular physical exercise or changing jobs, etc. Despite creating temporary discomfort, it might be worth the gamble because these changes can lead a person closer to their genuine interests and goals.

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