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My work/life balance is unbalanced...towards life

Dr John Doe recognises his impatience with patients might have something to do with the extra leisure time he gets as a locum. The problem is he wants more of it.

Dr John Doe recognises his impatience with patients might have something to do with the extra leisure time he gets as a locum. The problem is he wants more of it.



Although I have waxed lyrical about the perks of a locum lifestyle (namely more free time, and a lower golf handicap), I have become aware of some drawbacks.

I had expected as a locum to face patients with renewed compassion, given my increase in leisurely pursuits. Such relaxing endeavours would hopefully improve my tolerance levels and encourage better rapport. Not so. If anything, the sporadic work can irritate me, meaning patient's complaints and demands grate on me more than ever.

Increasingly, I grow resentful when plodding through a surgery while the sun screams through the window at me to come out and play. The irregularity of it all makes me restless and in need of a way to blow off steam.

Even before I start my working day I can become grumpy. The normal trigger for this, having perhaps not worked for a day or two, is forgetting to fill the car up with petrol and then trying to navigate to an unfamiliar practice via a garage. I invariably turn up late, pissing the partners off, and wishing I was somewhere else.

There is an easy way to fix this of course.

Regular work would keep my head "in the game" a bit more and prevent my mind wandering to new hobbies and activities. It would certainly keep me from losing any knowledge base I might once have had. I guess it's simply a question of redressing the "work-life" balance so often quoted as a perk of GP work. I seem to have tipped the balance too much towards the "life" side of things at the expense of "work"

The good thing about all these hobbies and activities is it may help my CV. This might just get me the partnership that will improve my routine, improve my tolerance, but perhaps end my love affair with the great outdoors.

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