There's probably no easier gauge for measuring one's burnout than when expressing a preference for the beginning of the week or the end of the week.
Which do you prefer?
Monday - You're inspired by the opportunity of discovering what happens when you reduce nervous system interference. There are possibilities. Hope is alive. With clear boundaries you avoid the burden of making a patient's problem your problem. You express an optimism and sense of well-being that attracts new patients.
Friday - Practice is an obligation, and the weekend activities are far less draining. Clearly, you're not having fun. More than likely you care too much, and you've overdrawn your emotional checking account. You can fix this by establishing clearer boundaries and clarifying where your job ends and a patient's begins.
If you lean towards the Friday side of things, identify and discontinue pursuits in which you're making unrewarded emotional investments.
Bill Esteb has been a chiropractic patient and advocate since 1981. He is the creative director of Patient Media and the co-founder of Perfect Patients. He’s been a regular speaker at Parker Seminars and other chiropractic gatherings since 1985. He is the author of 12 books that explore the doctor/patient relationship from a patient’s point of view. His chiropractic blog, in-office consultations, patient focus groups and consulting calls have helped hundreds of chiropractors around the world. His Monday Morning Motivation is emailed to over 10,000 subscribers each week.