We’ve all heard the phrase, “Work smarter, not harder”. Have you ever wondered what it takes to do that? 

When trying to be productive in your workday, preparation is key to having success. Here are three ways that you can be prepared to have an efficient day: 

1. During your Morning Huddle:

  • Check your schedule for unscheduled hygiene patients and unscheduled treatment opportunities.

  • Look for open time or potential issues to be addressed throughout the day.

  • Pick a specific goal. Was that daily goal reached? What will you do to work towards that today?

2. Are you ready to go?

  • Double-check that everything is set up – trays, stations, etc.

  • Make sure that all equipment and supplies are in shape for effective utilization.

3. Motivate your team!

  • What are your team’s goals for today? What happens if they reach them? Give them something to work towards!

  • Remind everybody why they are there: to take care of their patients and help them to live a better quality of life. 

Taking these steps will help you to reduce stress throughout your day and become efficient, allowing you to do what you love most: take care of your patients!

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” - Bobby Unser

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