On the first of October, everybody starts thinking about what they have to get done between now and the end of the year.
Are companies on target to meet their financial goals?
What do we have to do to plan for Thanksgiving and the end of the year holidays?
Do we need to plan a vacation in January to some tropical island?
And, of course, let's not forget RSNA.
As of October 1st, all you can think about are your upcoming deadlines and how you are going to get everything done.
I go back to my favorite security blanket, which is to make a list of all of the things that I need to do.
If you list everything out, you're more likely to not miss anything and make sure everything gets done.
There is that old expression, failing to plan is planning to fail — but failing to plan also means high stress. Stress results in high blood pressure and high blood pressure means you are not going to be around to enjoy time with your spouse after retirement.
My advice, stop whatever you are doing right now and make a list of everything you need to get done between now and the end of the year.
Somewhere on that list should be my holiday gift and, just so you know, I prefer my cars in silver.
See you next week.
Phil is a member of AHRA, HFMA, AAMI and the Cryogenic Society of America. He has contributed to a number of magazines and journals and has addressed trade groups.
Phil's proudest achievement is that he has been happily married to his wife Barbara since 1989, who helped him found DOTmed in 1998.