Experiencing Lots of Change? Check Out These 7 Tips to Manage Change at Your Physical Therapy Clinic

Change can be scary. Especially on the global scale that we are all experiencing. While many things are different today, the changes CoVid has brought about have fundamentally changed things for the better. If you’re struggling to effectively and efficiently manage some of the changes at. your physical therapy clinic due to CoVid, check out these 7 tips.

Set Realistic Goals

Change isn’t something that happens over night; even though it feels like because of CoVid it kind of did. If you’re looking to implement real, long-lasting positive changes that extend beyond quarantine and lock down, then you need to set goals.

Goal setting is about breaking down your large goals into manageable steps. While we think you should always be reaching for the stars, with so much uncertainty, it’s probably best to keep your goals as realistic as possible. If you’re set on the moon, be sure that the bite-size goals you set are attainable under current circumstances.

Talk Your Goals Out With Your Team

Teamwork makes the dream work! Your goals are only going to work if your team is in on them. Involving your physical therapy clinic team can help you plan, execute, and accomplish even the most lofty of your goals.

Your team wants to succeed alongside with you, so let them join in on the fun! Dividing out tasks and steps to achieve your desired changes can lessen the overwhelming feelings change can bring about.

Develop an Action Plan

Once you’ve broken down your goals into bite-sized goals and talked things out with PT clinic team, it’s time to create an action plan. A goal without a plan is just a wish. Action plans help set things in motion and keep things in motion, even when it seems like you’re spinning in circles.

Action plans can be broken down into daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly goals. Your action plan can be divided out among your team and should utilize each individual team member’s strengths. Action plans don’t need to be complicated but they do need to be detailed. The more details, the easier they are to follow to completion.

Determine the “Why”

Sometimes change happens without us wanting it and sometimes we recognize that we need it. However, determining your “why” is what will help you stay on track. Your “why” should be the main motivators that help you stick to the changes you want to implement. There’s no need to get super deep or philosophical. Your “why” can be as simple as you want and need it to be.

Eliminate Obstacles

Implementing new changes is hard enough, so why make it harder on your physical therapy clinic and staff? Once you determine the changes you want to make, outline the obstacles that might hinder you from being successful. Some obstacles may not necessarily be full on blockades. You may just need to recognize any learning curves or additional education that may be required.

Celebrate Your Short Term Wins

Delayed gratification is a beautiful thing but failure to celebrate your short term wins can cause you to fall off the wagon. Celebrating any short term wins as you implement change can help keep you and your staff motivated to stick to the changes. Celebrations can be as small as a Good Job email blast or buying Starbucks for everyone.

Track Your Progress

Keeping track of your progress as you make changes is the best way to see how far you’ve come and how close you are to success. Tracking your progress also helps you mark off your small, short-term goals that lead you to your big goals. Keep a small journal or note in your Notes App that you use to track your progress–no matter how big or small the progress.

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