Yesterday was one of those days when I had a lot of plans for the evening. While planning my day in the morning, I decided that after work I would wash clothes, vacuum the house, and get our guest bedroom ready before our friends arrive tomorrow. I estimated that the work would take me about […]

If you had to write a prescription for balance for your patients, what would you include? Greater effectiveness at work? More time to play? Better relationships with others, as well as his/her self? Or all of the above? Like other prescriptions, a prescription for balance is not “one size fits all” but a customized approach […]

Because of high achievement standards and perfectionist tendencies, most med students, residents and physicians struggle with maintaining physician work-life balance. It’s stereotypical, yes, but more often than not, those in the medical field are detail-obsessed, hardworking (often to a fault) and insistent on having it all: a great job, a happy family and a balanced, […]

Dear Dr. Goodhook, I’m married, and have two small children, ages two and four. Finishing up my last year of residency and spending the evenings and weekends with my family has been a little overwhelming, to say the least. How do I pull myself from the emotional exhaustion and propel myself to secure the right […]

The key to a fulfilling life is not to become a slave to your work schedule, but to schedule time for the good things in life. When was the last time you just sat in a coffee shop and read a book? When was the last time you enjoyed a really nice evening with your […]