3 essential rules for your allied health home office

Recently, I have been doing a little more work at home than usual and initially, this was fabulous! I could do chores and work at the same time, see the kids, and feel like I wasn’t away ‘working’ all the time. But...

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3 top ways Trello makes running my practice easier

Trello is an online organisation tool that I came across a few years ago and it has developed into one of my favourite tools to help me stay productive and on track. Some of you already know I moved to Tasmania in January of 2017 and now have practices in different states. That is itself challenging but also very rewarding. Using Trello to track progress in each practice, communicate with staff and keep my to-do list moving, gives me greater to do the things I love.

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Admin tasks gobbling up your time?

Are you spending your valuable time doing too much admin and not enough of the other things you need to do? This can be detrimental to your practice. It reduces your billable hours and means you run out of time to plan and operate your practice efficiently.

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Are these time problems affecting your day?

Working harder does not always been better things will come your way. Working harder often means more hours, more fatigue, and can be a reflection of inefficiency in your workplace. There are a few key ways we use our time that can be really detrimental to a practice that is wanting to become more efficient. Knowing which ones relate to us is a great first step in then trying to reduce their impact on our day to day.

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Are your books a mess?

I have been working hard this week ensuring all my financial information for my practices are up to date and everything is in order.  It is an important step each year that I go through and I recommend we all stop at this time of year and review our accounting practices!  Are you efficient in your use of bookkeeping time?  Are you checking to ensure your financial data is in order? Do you have a financial mess?!

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Beating late night admin work

When I first started my practice back in 2006, I used to work during the day and then do the usual home duties like cook dinner, bath the baby, talk to my husband, do some washing, put the baby to bed, and then when all was settled, go and do my practice admin – it might have been ordering, writing client notes, preparing invoices…. And I did this for a number of years.  I speak to lots of practice owners who are not alone in this.  It is about what suits you, and for those who DON’T like late night admin, I have some tips for you!

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Elephant in the room: 5 things we sideline

On the weekend, I flew to Perth in Western Australia to speak to a wonderful group of Speech Pathologists in private practice. We had a great day talking about regulations in healthcare, tips for running a better business, and ways to tweak marketing so we can ensure we offer great value and customer service. It is a wonderful learning experience to get out and talk to other practitioners in healthcare about their thoughts, ideas and concerns in healthcare today. "Busy-ness" is one of the key areas that impacts on one’s ability to running an effective practice – how can you do all those little things that are important when you are so busy seeing clients? Here are the five things that I think we sideline when busy in our day to day business…. Are you forgetting to focus on any of these?

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Getting on top of mental clutter

I have never been the best at being a neat organiser. I have a messy desk, a messy bag, and my home computer has those great piles of paperwork beside it. Does it make me unproductive?

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Getting some extra time in your day

One of the biggest issues that private practice owners face is finding enough time in the day to get things completed. I hear it all the time and even struggle with it myself a lot. I am often saying, I need an extra day in the week, however, I think, honestly, I would fill it with other ‘stuff’. Better I think to find ways to make the days you do dedicate to work, more productive. Even taking a few minutes off here and there in your day can make a difference.

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Honing in on your Home Office

I am not sure if you have a home office, but I certainly do. I think it is essential when you have work and family blend in life. My home office is not anything magnificent but it has all the things I need and a view as well – that is exceptionally handy for my pondering! If you have the space for a home office and are thinking of setting one up or you have one that is not quite right, here are some tips for making it a productive space. 

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How to stop feeling “Oh nutmeg, my to do list is to do long!”

Having started to plan the upcoming year, I spent some time today going over my to-do list and getting it organised ready for January.  I love to-do lists but have had to work really hard over the last two years to contain them.  Here’s how I changed several to-do lists into one working to-do list…….

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More ways to fit extra in your day

Last week, we talked about ways to save time in your day so you have more time to get through your to do list. Today, I will share with you more ideas you may be able to use to shave some time off tasks in your day and possibly fit in one extra item. Wouldn’t that be nice?! Some ideas may seem obvious but it's always worthwhile re-assessing the time management tools you are using in your business.

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My 3 Favourite Apps for 2014

How wonderful it is to have technology at our fingertips, but how often do we get lost in which apps and websites are best for our business vision, and how to align them so they are not time-consuming to launch into?  Last night we heard from Megan Iemma in our webinar on being tech savvy in private practice, and she definitely highlighted that being savvy is not just about choosing the right platforms, it is also about how we use the analytics behind the scenes to achieve the best results, and the tips for making each platform manageable from a time efficiency point of view.   I wanted to share the following apps with you all as they have saved me time and increased my work organisation dramatically over the last twelve months.

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Top news services for Allied Health practitioners

A great way to keep up to date with news and changes that affect your practice is to subscribe to automatic email updates. We have put together a list of a few essential ones for you - even if you are a practitioner employed within a practice, the following sites can still be useful for you to keep your knowledge current.

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