Why Doctors Dread Vacations

I took a week off to go to the California coast.

Absolutely amazing.

If you haven’t been there, you really must go -- even if you have to give up some clinical shifts, see less patients, or do less procedures in a month. Life’s too short to hole yourself up in the hospital, ER, or clinic all day long.

Here’s one of the photos I took along the Monterey waterfront:

I remember when I worked full time as an emergency medicine physician that when I went on vacation, I was usually dead tired at the beginning because I’d have to stack up my shifts before the vacation.

And usually I would get assigned night shifts right before I left, so my daily rhythm was way off right from the get-go.

The middle parts of my vacations were awesome because I had recovered from my day-night reversal.

But as each vacation got closer to the end, I would dread it because I know what was lurking right around the corner as soon as I returned: volumes and volumes of patients to be seen, tons of paperwork, more nightshifts, complaints from hospital administrators, useless hospital committee meetings, and so on.

It got to the point where I would have a mental countdown while I was on vacation.

3 more days....2 more days....1 more day....

Sort of reminds me of those shows you watch on TV that profile inmates on death row in the days before they’re executed.

But now I don’t have that type of feeling anymore.

And it has to do with getting my financial life in order to the point where I don’t have to work if I don’t want to.

Plus I truly love helping other physicians get their investment and retirement plans whipped into shape.

So now my vacations are really enjoyable because I’m not tired going in and I look forward to coming back.
How about you?

Do you get a little anxious and a little jittery when you come back form vacation knowing what you’ll face in the trenches of practicing medicine?

It doesn’t have to be that way you know.

If you get your finances and investments in order -- no matter if you’re about to retire from practicing medicine or you just graduated from residency -- you can live the life you want, take enjoyable vacations where you want, and work as much or as little as you want.

If that appeals to you, start by setting up your financial strategy consultation with me. It’s laid back and informal. We’ll focus on what you’re biggest financial challenges are and what you want to achieve and whether I can help you.

Start here:

Financial Strategy Consultation