How might Samuel Plimsoll be of help to you?

How might Samuel Plimsoll be of help to you?

February 10th is Plimsoll Day. Discover how the Plimsoll Mark can be your secret weapon to tackle work stress like a boss and wave goodbye to those feelings of overwhelm.

Who was Samuel Plimsoll?

In the 1860s, due to the increased loss of ships from overloading, British MP Samuel Plimsoll championed the load line cause. The Plimsoll Mark, still present on ships today, is a testament to Plimsoll’s tireless work to enhance safety standards and safeguard the lives of merchant mariners. Every commercial ship, with few exceptions, displays a load line symbol on both sides amidships. This symbol is also permanently etched to ensure visibility even if the paint fades. The load line serves as a clear indicator of whether a ship is overloaded, ensuring safety at sea.

It’s the mark that keeps you safe (maybe even, sane 😉 )!

Why Should Your Personal Plimsoll Mark Matter to You?

Today is a perfect opportunity to reflect on your personal Plimsoll mark. Life presents various stress-inducing factors that can lead to feeling overwhelmed. Work stands out as a common area that comes to mind. How can you prevent feeling overwhelmed and overloaded in your work environment?

Steps to Avoid Overwhelm and Overload at Work

Recognizing your “breaking point” or “plimsoll mark” and avoiding it is the initial step. While it may appear straightforward, it can be quite demanding. Nonetheless, adhering to these crucial steps could be beneficial:

  • Ensure to get sufficient rest.
  • Maintain a balanced diet with healthy meals and snacks.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day.

Work Management Tips

Another way to avoid reaching your plimsoll mark is by managing your work effectively. Here are some strategies:

  • Always work from a list. You can bring order out of chaos faster with a list than with any other time management tool.
  • Focus on one task at a time. Discipline yourself to start on your most important task and stay at that until it is complete.
  • Learn just to say no ~ If you always say yes and take on every project your ship will start to sink.
  • Don’t hesitate to assign tasks to others. Delegating responsibilities can reduce workplace stress and allow you to concentrate on other important tasks.
  • Set boundaries to limit distractions from social media, email, and devices like smartphones, which can blur the line between work and personal time, leading to unnecessary stress.
  • Lastly, infuse your workday with moments of enjoyment to elevate your productivity with a touch of creativity and inspiration. Have Fun at Work!

Know Your Plimsoll Mark

Knowing where your plimsoll mark is will allow you to get more satisfaction and joy out of your workday, and keep you from feeling stressed and overloaded!

Practice Owners – If you would like to grow and improve your dental practice and have wondered what it might be like to work with me and what coaching is all about or would just like to discover areas of opportunity for your practice … please feel free to reach out to me to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation coaching call at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com.

In conclusion, the Plimsoll Mark idea isn’t just about ships—it’s a life hack for us all. Pinpointing our own Plimsoll Mark can guide us away from chaos and towards a happier, more balanced life. Hats off to Samuel Plimsoll for his genius touch on maritime safety and our personal well-being!

Thank you, Samuel Plimsoll!

Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty (Dental Coach)

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Tips for Sprucing Up the Dental Office Break Room

Tips for Sprucing Up the Dental Office Break Room

Hello Friends,

Take a good look at your employee break room (or space). Is it past due for a good cleaning, decluttering, painting, and/or organizing?  Might not seem like an important space to give attention to but it is! Why? Because you and your employees deserve to take a break (& eat) in a nice, relaxing, and clean space.  

Tips and Ideas to Spruce up the Lunch/Break Room/Lounge

Declutter & Organize the countertops, table, shelves, cabinets, and drawers.

Décor – add some nice pictures to the walls and freshen up the paint

Add some Extras – condiments, snacks, drinks, dishes/silverware, storage containers,

Charging stations for electronic devices, etc.

Bookshelf – add a bookshelf and some books to read during the breaks.

Baskets & Hooks – If this area also stores employees’ clothes, jackets, shoes, and purses/bags be sure to have labeled baskets to store personal items and hooks to hang coats.

Messaging Center – Hang a whiteboard or corkboard to share team news/messages, office happenings, team meeting dates and agenda, employee work anniversaries, etc.

TV Monitor & Computer – Install a large TV monitor for team meetings and continuing education courses. (A webcam/microphone is helpful too.)

Cleanliness Reminders for the team – Be kind & thoughtful – do your own dishes, wipe up spills/crumbs, refill the paper towel dispenser, don’t leave expired food in the fridge, and wipe down the microwave, or toaster oven after each use.

Beverage Containers – Rather than having unsightly, random water bottles, coffee mugs, and carry-out drink containers around the office – invest in some nice water bottles and coffee mugs imprinted with your office name for the team to use at the office.

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