At the end of 2016 I did a summary of my year to help me focus on the advances I had made over the year. (If you want to read about that look here: http://www.drchrisharper.co.uk/blog/2016-annual-review ).
I have decided I would like to try to do the same every month this year to keep me motivated and so that I can give a brief summary of my main learning points. If you want more detail about any of these points the best bet is to look through my blog posts for this month (available here: http://www.drchrisharper.co.uk/blog ).
So in February I have:
1) How to get your website noticed - Filip Matous. Some useful ideas about branding and a lot of technical details about search engine optimisation.
2) #Hooked - Patrick Fagan. A hugely useful guide to the conscious/subconscious mind.
3) Thinking fast and slow - Daniel Kahneman. Very similar to #Hooked but a lot more in depth and consequently quite a difficult read.
1) The Four Disciplines of Execution - Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling. Focus, leverage, engagement and accountability. These are the ways to achieve your objectives.
2) Time management made simple - Brian Tracy. Not worth your time.
3) 4 Harvard Business review books. These lead to my blog posts about stopping patients fixating on price and changing the way you think about customer service.
4) Podcasts: The Dental Guys, Dental Hacks, The Dentalpreneur, Gary Vaynerchuk. Generally useful for keeping me entertained and motivated. I particularly liked the crown prep discussion by the dental guys.
1) The BDA young dentist conference in Bristol. There were some good tips about effective note taking and consent and the talk by Nik Sisodia made me realise I would very much like to work along side someone who has a very in depth knowledge of implants rather than only doing the most simple cases.
2) A Devon Dentinal Tubules study club where I presented about the eLAB shade system which I think has real promise as being the future of shade taking.
On a side note I am amazed to be able to say that my website has now had over 10,000 views since it was created just 6 weeks ago. So thank you to everyone who has checked it out. I hope you are finding value from it.
I find the process of reflecting on my day/week/month/year really helps me to cement my learning and helps me to realise how much things are improving. If you are not doing this then I would strongly recommend you try it.
Dr Chris Harper