The 2015, first quarter, survey of GP workload can be found at: http://bma.org.uk/working-for-change/policy-and-lobbying/training-and-workforce/tracker-survey.
GPs were much more likely than other groups to report their workload as being unmanageable or unsustainable, with the percentage increasing from 65.2 per cent to 73.5 per cent over the previous calender quarter.
Over a quarter of respondents (25.5 per cent) have considered leaving the profession entirely.
Around 11.5 per cent of doctors admit they are presently suffering from burnout, and 18.5 per cent admit to previously suffering burnout. Some 41 per cent of doctors say they are at high risk of suffering burnout in the near future. Over 39 per cent of survey respondents admitted to frequently feeling drained, exhausted, overloaded, tired, low and lacking energy.
Handling workload is a problem everyone has at some point. Not everything needs to be done and you don’t have to do it all yourself
Does the task fit with your own goals or aims. Is it a must do?
If it is a must do task – Is it a task you can do now and get out of the way in a single action? If so have you the time to do it or are you being unrealistic and will it stop you doing other more important tasks
If it is not a must do task and does not fit with your overall goals or aims then dump it. Either bin it immediately. If you are not sure then put it in a bin where you can retrieve it if need.
If it is a bigger “must do” task then set a time in the diary. Make sure the time is realistic. Break the task down into manageable steps. Protect your time on the day (see “focusing on tasks”)
If you can delegate the task then do so. Decide who could do it and ask them. Delgate the tasks you enjoy, be prepared to let go and delegate control as well. Set a review date time and place to let you know it is completed