Life hack: Take a time out
David Dycus, DVM, MS, CCRP, DACVS-SA
David Dycus is frequent speaker at the Fetch dvm360 conferences, an orthopedic staff surgeon at Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, and co-founder and co-director of the Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Institute.
My secrets to success? Exercise, great mentors and time-outs.
One thing I wish I had been in taught in vet school is that it's OK not to know the answer right off the bat. In some situations, I have to simply tell owners, “You know, that's a great question, and I don't have the answer. Let me look into it and get back to you.”
Mind on the run
I love exercise, especially running. For many years, I've been a long-distance runner. I don't listen to music when I run. Rather I focus my brain and think. I've learned to zone out and relax, and I do some of my best thinking. I've developed most of my lectures, research projects and labs in my mind while on a long run. When I get home, I pull up my computer and put my thoughts on paper.
The best career tip I wish I'd learned earlier: I wish someone had told me to find a group of mentors to bounce ideas off of. I have my “go to” people I bug every week with questions.
You need a time-out
It's also important to take time for yourself. Unplug, relax and enjoy life. Remember: Work to live, but don't live to work. The world is a great place, and there are many things to experience.
I need to learn Spanish-it's been a goal of mine for many years-so I can move to Costa Rica when I retire. If the Spanish thing doesn't work out, I want to learn to be a stormtrooper so I can play one at Disney World. What better way to spend the day, revealing your inner nerd and hanging out at the most magical place on earth?
Keep those thank-you cards
In the hustle of life and work and dealing with rude, mean or upset clients it's easy to get drained and feel beat down. I save every single thank-you card, note and email I've ever received from clients. When I feel a little burnt out, I go back and read the cards, notes and emails. It quickly lifts my spirits and reminds me of why I choose to do what I do.
You. Can. Do. This!
At Fetch dvm360 conference, we're the support system you need. With every conference this year, we intend to nurture your mind (meaning quality CE for days) while also encouraging you to take stock of your physical and emotional health. Register now.