Why I Like Being An Anesthesiologist
Posted by Clark Venable on 1/21/2005
I've tried to explain to people why I like being an anesthesiologist so much--with difficulty (unfettered access to narcotics, starting my work day at 07:30, having patients ask me if I'm a real doctor, oodels of respect from surgeons and nurses alike are the reasons that usually come to mind). I just ran across something on the web that really helps me understand why. Getting Back To Work: A Personal Productivity Toolkit at kuro5hin.org is an article about procrastination. Now, my favorite motto is 'hard work pays off after a time, but laziness pays off now,' so I was naturally drawn to this article.
The article describes the ideal work experience as being in a state of 'flow' and goes on to outline the kinds of tasks that make it more likely you'll be able to attain it:
- Appropriate and flexible challenges
- Clear goals
- Immediate feedback
- A sense that one's skills are adequate to cope with the challenges at hand.
- A rule-bound action system
Bingo! That's why I like being an anesthesiologist in private practice!
That's also why I like using Conversant to build web sites. When I'm working on a Conversant site, I often reach a state of 'flow.'
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