A few years ago my husband and I hosted the New Year’s Eve Celebration at our house with a small group of friends and family. One thing I had all of my friends do was write down one thing that they were giving up that did not bring them joy and one thing that they wanted to do more of that brought happiness into their life. Some people were quick to write down their thoughts and others took longer to come up with a thoughtful answer.
I reflect back on that because I am performing that exercise right now in my own business. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, however there are some things that bring me more joy than others. One thing I really miss and brings me a lot of joy is in-person live events 😊 Stay tuned for updates on this.
What will bring you more joy at your dental practice or with your Dentrix software? Think about what will bring you more joy as an individual and as a team. This would be a great topic for your December or January team meeting … and then write things down that will help you have a more fulfilling year.
Here are some ideas to get the juices flowing . . .
- Do you want to create a paperless environment in your practice? If your day is filled with locating lost paper charts and not having access to the patient information, then this could definitely bring your team more happiness. I remember the day when my office went paperless (we were actually paperless before we were chartless) and I didn’t have to go searching for a chart in my doctor’s office and rummage through piles of paper charts. Going paperless is a process and requires planning, preparation and patience. Let’s talk if you are interested.
- What about creating a perfect day? Wouldn’t that be amazing? You can be in control of your schedule by mapping out the ideal day on where to see new patients, SRP, surgeries or ortho starts. If this would bring more joy to your day then listen to my podcast HERE or download my Action Plan HERE.
- Maybe you want to clean up your database and be able to locate information more easily. There are many things in your Dentrix software that can be subject to duplicated data, incorrect information and inaccurate reporting. Some of these things can be pretty easy to clean up and some might require a little bit more time. Many offices I work with don’t even want to touch it and hire an outside contractor to take care of it. Let me know how I can help and we can work together to create a more organized system.
Some of the things that might need a little housecleaning include . . .
- Insurance Plans
- Account Balances
- Medical Alerts
- Fee Schedules
- Appointment Book Set-up
- One thing I would recommend is cleaning up your Unscheduled List. When I help teams use the Unscheduled List as it is intended, it is a game-changer. This report is one of your best resources for helping you keep your schedule full and it is also one of the more underutilized reports in Dentrix. The reason it is underutilized is because it is full of duplicate appointments, broken appointments from three years ago and inactive patients. My recommendation would be to take the time to clean it up or just purge it and start from scratch. You will love it. Trust me.
Not sure where to begin? Schedule a team meeting and just start throwing out ideas or put up a white board where people can write down their thoughts. Get your team talking about what would give them more joy in the practice and then find a way to make it happen. You are in control of your happiness and we can help you with the logistics.
There are so many resources out there for you and your team. Reach out and we can help point you in the right direction with self-guided resources, training, and consulting options.
I have been having planning meetings with my own team and mapping out what 2022 will look like for our Dentrix resources. This needs to happen in any business and is a necessary process if you want your business to grow and flourish. I am going to give my email list a vacation in December to focus on reflection, planning, and forecasting.
I hope you have an amazing end of the year and your 2022 is filled with joy and happiness.