The Female Principal blog series part 8: Time

There never will be enough – so make sure you use what you have sensibly.

  • Plan your year in advance using a wall-planner to decide
    • Clinical days
    • Leadership and Management Days
    • Free days (the most nourishing – get some sunshine)
  • Make sure your calendar is littered with planning days and meetings – its the time you work ON your life that is the most important – not the time you work IN your life
  • Make daily task lists and A, B, C those lists
  • Switch that bloody phone off when its “your” time – the head-peckers can wait – create heavily protected head-pecker free time
  • Limit the number of hours you are prepared to invest in any of your roles – and be strong about those boundaries
  • Recognise that your business is not one of your children (I fear the times when a client says “but this business is my baby – I gave it life”. A business is not a baby – but you can allow it to become a monster child.)
  • To quote Dr. Wayne Dyer

“Nobody in a cancer ward ever wished they had spent more time at the office.
*An excerpt from The Female Principal manuscript by Chris Barrow – to be published as an ebook later in 2014


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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.