What is the first step to freeing up time? How do you start making the small change? Why should you create an infrastructure that is independent of you in your practice?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Dr. Judy Whitfield about good time management principles. They discuss the merits of hiring an assistant, and how to clear things off your plate so that you can focus on the essentials.
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Meet Dr. Judy Whitfield
Dr. Judy Whitfield is a board-certified school neuropsychologist and clinical psychologist, specializing in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD and learning disabilities. Dr. Whitfield is passionate about helping children realize their fullest potential and understands the tension between parent and child.
Dr. Whitfield knows that parents want to do the best for their child, but are oftentimes tired and frustrated, or don’t know what else to do. Equally, children want to do well in school, please their parents and teachers and feel good about themselves. Dr. Whitfield helps things work better for everyone. Children learn to work more efficiently, not harder. Parents learn strategies to help their child at home, support their emotional health, and effectively advocate for their child at school.
In This Podcast
- Infrastructure in your practice
- Freeing up space
- Judy’s advice to private practitioners
Infrastructure in your practice
It is important to create systems in your practice that are independent of you as much as possible. That way they can function without you needing to micromanage everything.
Especially if there is someone who is a stay-at-home mom to really have them outline what they can do … maybe they have two days a month that they do a number of hours back to back. (Joe Sanok)
This is the first step in expanding your practice because it frees up some of your time to focus on how you can develop your business further.
If you do not want to hire someone full-time, consider hiring one or two part-time employees who can take on a bulk of work for a few hours a month to give you space to think about the business.
Freeing up space
- Start by listing all the tasks that you want off your plate
- Make a list of things you enjoy doing but you know is not the best use of your time
- Hire someone – even a virtual assistant – to complete tasks for you
What I have found out when you are hiring your own [virtual assistant] is to hire someone who is highly trainable and start with the one thing you really need which could be answering phones, scheduling intakes … set that process up, see how they do with that learning, and have them create the system. (Joe Sanok)
Explain to them what the outcome is that you want and then let them create the system.
That allows them to be autonomous and have agency in their work while finding the best shortcuts so that you can focus on running the other aspects of the business.
Judy’s advice to private practitioners
When you lose faith, you should borrow it from someone you know, respect, and admire.
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Meet Joe Sanok
Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.
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