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    3 ways to reassess your goals heading into Q4

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    Optometry Times or UBM Medica.

    As summer winds down and the holidays begin to come into focus, it’s beneficial to take time to reevaluate the goals we set forth months prior. It’s time to take a look at how we’ve progressed in accomplishing them.

    It seems like, all of a sudden, the end of the year sneaks up on us. It’s as if the year just began, we set our goals for our practice—then before we can blink, it’s time to start the process all over again. In some years, we don’t accomplish all the goals we have set for ourselves. When Q4 rolls around, it’s tempting to keep the focus on the upcoming year and simply roll over any unfinished tasks into the next list of goals.

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    Give yourself a couple of hours to think and create a report card before it’s too late to effect any change for the remainder of the year.

    Alleviate end-of-year stresses by these three steps.

    1. Stop and reflect

    Don’t pull the numbers, don’t poll the team. Just reflect. What did you accomplish this year that you wanted to achieve? What goals have yet to make it to the finish line? These might be such goals as fitting more scleral contact lenses, making a major equipment purchase, or jumping into OCT. These items we can just stop, reflect about, and review if we have or haven’t achieved the desired goals set forth to date. 

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    David Kading, OD, FAAO, FCLSA
    Dr. Kading owns a two-location, three-doctor practice in Seattle. He specializes in dry eye and contact lenses with an emphasis on ...
    Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO
    Dr. Mile Brujic practices in Bowling Green, OH. He also owns Optometric Insights, a service providing career coaching to optometrists.


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