7 Lessons learned from living in Japan (via The Act of Traveling) – Emiel van den Boomen

I thought this was a simple, yet poignant little post. I want to share it with anyone reading my site.

7 Lessons learned from living in Japan I was honoured to receive an invitation to share my experiences for the Life Lessons series, a project hosted by Abubakar Jamil in collaboration with Farnoosh Brock. This post will combine travel and self improvement, centered around my personal experiences from living in Japan. Here we go. 7 appears to be a universally lucky or holy number. Also in Japan. The Japanese celebrate the seventh day after a baby's birth, and mourn the seventh day and … Read More

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Where are you, Doc?

What the hell is going on with my doctors lately? I have never had to wait for my appointments like I have during this past year. I had always accepted the fact that I would have to wait upwards of fifteen minutes or so after my appointment time to see the doctor. Now, all the doctors that I go to, be it general practitioner, dentist, or even my eye doctor, are taking more than 45 minutes just to get from waiting room to examination room. Why?

Maybe the solution is this: Stop Over Booking. If patients are being booked every fifteen minutes and you’re making them wait forty-five minutes, maybe you can try to book every half hour instead (at least).  I’m not naive.  I understand the bottom line is money and money comes from as many patients as possible, but try to be a little considerate of your clients and fellow human beings.  We all have stuff that needs to get done and we need to be able to plan events out.  Unfortunately, waiting for a doctor’s appointment is becoming longer and, more problematic, more unpredictable.  By that I mean, you never really know how long you’ll be waiting.  It could be that forty-five minutes we mentioned or it could be as bad as two entire hours waiting.  How do you plan your day around that?  How can the working class schedule a quick visit during a lunch since many doctors keep bankers hours?