Many people liken beginning a new year to starting a new chapter in their lives. It is a correlation that is easy to understand and one that holds undeniable appeal. After all, with a clean slate, the possibilities are unlimited, and pledging to do something that can improve one’s well-being and happiness—such as eating better or kicking an unhealthy habit—is compelling. Yet studies have shown that, in spite of having the best intentions, roughly 25 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions abandon them by the end of the first week in January.
Setting reasonable goals instead of making annual resolutions could make all the difference, particularly if your aspirations are specific and measurable, and you have given yourself a realistic timeline for accomplishing them. What’s more, achieving a single goal could start a chain reaction that might actually help you fulfill some of your other objectives.
Take working locum tenens, for instance. Exploring the practice alternative could be something you have thought about for a number of reasons, but have not yet pursued. Fortunately, you could try it without making a big lifestyle change or sacrifice. And it could prove to be the catalyst for reaching other meaningful goals, such as:
- Renewing your passion for medicine. Doing locum tenens provides a break from the pressures associated with hospital politics or running your own practice. It could help to remind you why you were drawn to practice medicine and revive your enthusiasm for the important work that you do.
- Achieving a better work-life balance. As a locum tenens physician, advanced practitioner, or CRNA, you may find it easier to establish and maintain a healthy balance between home and practice. Your focus would, of course, be on your patients and providing quality care while working a locum tenens job. However, when not on an assignment, you could really be there for your family and fully enjoy your downtime together.
- Traveling more frequently. Even if you do not have a “bucket list,” you probably have travel goals or a list of places you want to visit and explore. Working locum tenens could take you to different cities and towns throughout the United States. It could also give you more time to travel between assignments, both domestically and internationally.
- Volunteering or doing mission work. As a locum tenens provider, you could have increased flexibility and more control over your schedule. In fact, a number of clinicians become independent contractors to support their volunteer efforts or medical missions to other countries. In addition, working locum tenens could give you more time to volunteer at your favorite local charity and community events.
- Building savings/paying off loans. Some providers who choose to work locum tenens do so part time as a way to supplement income earned from their permanent jobs. By taking a weekend opportunity once or twice a month, for example, they can earn extra cash to add to their next egg; invest; and/or pay down student loans, a mortgage, or other debt.
If you would like to learn more about practicing locum tenens and how it could help you achieve your personal and professional goals, call 855-301-0563 to talk with an experienced Medicus Healthcare Solutions recruiter.