In this episode, our hosts, Andy, Drew, and John are joined by our guests, George Willis and Rodney Fullmer to discuss the concept of doing more with less.

  • Declutter your life by getting rid of things you don’t need
    • Choosing to do less allows you to focus on the things that you truly care about
      • Choosing not to take on more responsibilities at work so you can spend more time with family and friends.
      • Choosing to take more time on a thorough history and physical so you can order fewer diagnostic tests.
    • If you were to list everything you do and cut this list down by 1/3, would you still enjoy doing everything left on that list?
      • There is power in identifying 1/3 of your responsibilities that are not bringing you fulfillment and then trying to remove them from your life.
  • Depth vs breadth
    • Doing “a lot” helps expand your areas of interest, but don’t let yourself be spread so thin that you compromise working on what you truly care about.
      • Choosing to do less is a means to spend more time doing the things that you love.
  • Simplify your routine by doing fewer things, but doing them better
    • Tap into your board of directors, the important people you can go to in your life (family, friends, mentors) to keep you in check.
    • When starting new positions or leadership roles with bigger responsibilities, you are allowed to say “no” to additional clutter to perform in your new position to the best of your abilities.
      • Be selective with what you’re willing to add to your plate because once you add on new responsibilities it is difficult for us to remove them later.
    • Consider delegating responsibilities to mentees.
      • This gives others opportunities for growth.
      • They may add a fresh new perspective.
      • This helps to build your team around you and ensures that others can do your job if you were to leave.
  • Take a break from technology to focus on what’s important.
  • Slow down and enjoy the moment.
Take Homes:
  1. The first step to doing less is figuring out the things you don’t need and can get rid of.
  2. Simplifying your routine allows you to focus on what is important to you.
  3. Be selective with new commitments because it’s hard to say “no” once you take them on.

Post by Jordan Palmer, OMS-III



About Our Guests:

George Willis, MD is currently the Associate Program Director at UT Health San Antonio Emergency Medicine Residency.

Rodney Fullmer, DO is currently the Associate Program Director at Swedish Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency in Chicago, Illinois.

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