Be mindful of how you spend your timeBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-blog/MY01783
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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.Edward Creagan, M.D.
"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
"We the team of (the website) provide reliable, easy-to-understand health and wellness information so that each of us can have productive, meaningful lives," he says.
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Be mindful of how you spend your time
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
The responses to my recent technology blog just about overwhelmed our servers. Many of the people who commented pointed out that some of their prosperity and efficiency is directly related to the Internet, email and mobile devices. Yes these things enable us to be more productive, connected and creative. However, there's also a dark side.
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What I've learned from street-smart users and savvy professionals is to limit how much time I devote to these functions. Let me give you an example. In clinic I have a solemn obligation to address the needs of my patients. If I'm distracted by my beeper or cell phone, my focus and energy are diluted. And that's not fair to my patient. When faced with a challenging day or a complex case, I deliberately turn off my pager. Of course, I periodically check for messages, but they're typically calls of convenience. If a truly urgent issue arises, I'm easily accessible.
I'd also like to weigh in on another issue that prompts many comments — forgiveness. Everyone struggles with it. A wise reader shared her very practical perspective on this. She said that if she harbors bitterness and resentment toward an individual or a circumstance, she's giving away her serenity and peace of mind. Her advice is to focus on the moment and not waste precious time rehashing the events of the past. Powerful advice.
What advice do you have to share on these issues that really boil down to how we choose to spend our time and energy?blog index