Guest blogger: Chad Fleming, OD, FAAO…
There is a need among optometrists to be highly organized and technology affords you the ability to do this. Due to the demands of practice efficiency this is a must in being successful. Interestingly enough, I have met many ODs that are not organized and I wonder how they do it. They attempt to utilize sticky notes or scrap paper. Or they have a “technology” of using a word document to put their thoughts into. I’ve also heard ODs that bookmark everything in their browser but then are unable to locate what they bookmarked because it is difficult to search bookmarks for content. They attempt to juggle all the balls in their mind and then frustrate others by forgetting the little things. They can’t find that piece of paper or bookmark that had information on it. Unfortunately, the information is needed for the meeting that started 15 minutes ago. For some it works, others, utter chaos!
Technology has changed this old way of project and task management. The best organizational program available, in my opinion, is called Evernote. This piece of software allows you to be organized from any computer or phone and it all syncs together simultaneously. I currently use 3 main technology devices (iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air) and Evernote allows me to access data from any of them. One key feature that I enjoy with Evernote is the ability to easily clip any web page and send it directly to Evernote for reference later. Evernote will also efficiently search all notes and content within the notes. I would not be capable of going completely paperless in optometry and in life if not for Evernote. There are many other great features of this software. The greatest thing is that it is free.
So where does this fit into transitioning an optometry practice. It fits into the demand for you to be highly organized and efficient. Having all your notes, quotes, recommendations, numbers, etc., all at your fingertips gives you a competitive advantage among your peers and give you the information you need when you need it to make good practice management decisions. It also helps de-clutter that mind of yours.
About Chad: Chad Fleming, OD, FAAO is an owner of a 4 doctor practice in Wichita, KS where he lives with his wife and 2 boys. Dr. Fleming is also the Business & Career Consultant for AOA Excel. He coaches doctors in becoming associates, transitioning to partners and selling optometry practices. He is also founder/ceo of OptomteryCEO, LLC.