Back to my desk

After a quite crazy week of touring (in fact I spent 10 consecutive nights in hotels) the weekend was about recovery – a complete chill out with sleep, nutrition and fresh air high on the agenda.
For most of last week I felt as if I had a lead boot in my stomach – due, I think, to a constant diet of hotel food and unsocial eating times.
I’m not quite mentally ready yet for colonic irrigation (maybe soon) but needed to detox myself with some home cooking and juices.
Yesterday morning I ran for an hour and then walked for three hours in the afternoon – hence the photograph – of surfers braving the January cold just outside Falmouth.
This morning it’s back to the desk in my home office (after bravely reseusting the temptation to turn on the laptop – for two whole days!) and three hours to answer all the emails.
I’m in a project management overload at the moment – so today I’ll be taking my own medicine:

  • Make a list
  • A/B/C the list
  • Do the A’s first

But I’ll also be talking to Team CB this week about delegating some of my overwhelm. I think a new team member may be in the offing.
I have 2 buffer days now – to plan and prepare – and then Wednesday is my client call-in day, Thursday a practice visit with a dental laboratory and Friday I’ll be presenting to about 200 people at the Devon Independent Practitioners Group.
There is a shadow hanging over all of this – my 78-year old mother was taken into hospital last week and it looks as if her independent living is about to come to an end, as the medics feel that she will no longer be able to fend for herself.
Options are being considered as she languishes unhappily in a Manchester hospital and, as her only kin, I’m keeping in touch daily.
Puts my “to do” list in perspective.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.