Demystifying private practice: Consideration 2. Planning
In a practical sense, there are two fundamental aspects of planning.
1. Realise you are about to become a business owner. Develop a business plan.
It doesn’t have to be war and peace, a one page business plan will suffice. Keep it simple and big picture. Use diagrams and dot points. I’ve include two templates. I use both of these: I use them when I do annual and quarterly business planning at work. I tend to use the one with columns for quarterly planning and the mind map for yearly planning. As a side note I also utilize the mind map when I have a big personal project I want to complete, such as landscaping the front garden or completing study.
2. Plan and structure your diary around your income goals and your expenses.
Be clear on how frequently you need to be engaging in each specific task. Know your numbers. Do you need to see six clients per day to cover costs? or ten? Should you block off time in your diary to meet with a drug rep? Or should you use that time to complete reports to send to referring doctors? Prioritise tasks that will generate income.
I am a huge fan of planning. Truth be told I probably have too many lists and plans on the go at any one time!
To end with a quote that gets attributed to many…..“Failing to plan is planning to fail”.