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One foot in front of the other



So it turns out there's a lot more to think about when you're running a dental practice than just the dentistry. The surprise that in truth, will be no surprise to anyone.


The learning curve is certainly a steep one, but it's not insurmountable. The stress and anxiety that came with actually getting the deal done was immediately replaced last week by the overwhelming number of things that need to be done, registrations to do, contracts to change, payroll to set up, stock to check, relationships to build and that's before we even start to consider seeing any patients and do all the other things that need to be done to keep a dental practice running day to day.


After my first full day I was completely exhausted, I went to bed, shattered and yet unable to sleep. I couldn't switch off, thinking everything about everything all at once, all night long. So the next day I was even more wiped out.


Clearly this is not the best way to start out, but it wasn't unexpected. The resolution that I came to by Friday, was the same as any other time I've been stressed in my life. I can only do one thing at a time and I can only do them well if I also allow myself to stop and switch off when I'm not working so I can recharge.


One week in and the initial shock has worn off, Marisa and I popped some bubbly on the weekend and I'm ready to crack on. There are still quite literally an infinite number of things I could do, but I'm focussing on the next most important thing and doing that first.


And, if I can keep taking one step at a time, maybe one day I'll be able to afford some laces for my shoes.


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