Keep It Simple - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon that wants more ... in 10 minutes - Episode 17

Pump the brakes on your week and take 10 minutes to make your life as a surgeon just a little better…

This week on the Mini-Podcast we are talking about one of the 8 PRACTICEs of Highly Successful Surgeons, namely the ability to deal with problems and dilemmas with complex problem solving through simplicity, by essentially: Keeping It Simple. This is because the easier something is to understand and use, the more likely it is to be adopted and engaged with. When we get stuck in complexity and things seem harder than they are, that's when we need to change our practices, habits and routines and stop over-complicating the issue. 

To summarize, Keeping It Simple helps...

  • When you feel you're climbing a mountain ("Just keep peddling!")

  • When you feel you're running into a headwind ("Just keep running!")

  • When you're feeling burned out ("Slow things down!")

Consider 2 options:

  1. Use Keep It Simple (KIS)

  2. Use the KISS strategy where the second 'S' is silence: you take one idea and silence the others

Most importantly, pick a complex issue in your life, hit the pause button and apply KIS or KISS this week!

Keeping It Simple is a perfect example of how surgeons can improve their effectiveness inside and outside of the OR.