Staying healthy and productive in healthcare, in leadership, in informatics is a huge challenge. How are you coping? Here are my musings about Mindfulness, from my blog.

Take a breath! and try JOMO during our pandemic

By CT Lin | March 30, 2020

I was chatting with an informatics colleague last week, mentioning that our family had spent some time in Utah recently. He sent me this photo he had taken in Utah recently. Beautiful, no? Are you taking care of yourself? It looks like we are in this for the long haul. Colorado is now under a … Continue reading “Take a breath! and try JOMO during our pandemic”

Has the smartphone destroyed a generation? (Atlantic)

By CT Lin | March 4, 2020

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/ I’ll just leave this here.

Bowling Alone or Kicking in Groups? Wellness concerns…

By CT Lin | February 19, 2020

I’m part of WellDOM, the Wellness initiative within the Department of Medicine at University of Colorado. As such, I continue to support the idea of Sprints, the way we boost physician and team efficiency and effectiveness using the Electronic Health Record. However, we know that a large part of physician burnout and wellness have to … Continue reading “Bowling Alone or Kicking in Groups? Wellness concerns…”

AMA Joy in Medicine recognizes – University of Colorado School of Medicine

By CT Lin | January 22, 2020

https://www.ama-assn.org/practice-management/sustainability/ama-honors-22-organizations-commitment-cutting-doctor-burnout We are honored to be among the organizations awarded the inaugural Joy in Medicine honor. We applaud the AMA for standing up a framework that all healthcare organizations can pursue, to ensure that the work-life balance of physicians is considering in the coming topsy-turvy days of healthcare. Physician burnout is a national epidemic, with … Continue reading “AMA Joy in Medicine recognizes – University of Colorado School of Medicine”

Giving Advice? How to do it right (NYTimes)

By CT Lin | November 13, 2019

I love this: giving advice is often not giving advice. This Zen statement is not about Zen. Our physician informatics credo emphasizes relationships . “We improve physician and team wellness and effectiveness by building extraordinary relationships and innovative tools.” Extraordinary Relationships come from excellent communication. Excellent communication comes from listening well. Listening well comes from … Continue reading “Giving Advice? How to do it right (NYTimes)”

NYTimes Magazine travelogue photos (Shinrin-yoku, and take a breath)

By CT Lin | October 30, 2019

Is this goofing off, or is this about personal resilience? Like the idea of “forest bathing” (youtube) or shinrin-yoku, I seek out opportunities during the day to pause and reflect, and walk where there are trees. Sometimes this ends up being an online article with lots of nature photos 🙁 . Hey, you do what … Continue reading “NYTimes Magazine travelogue photos (Shinrin-yoku, and take a breath)”

How to Actually Focus on What You’re Doing (NYTimes)

By CT Lin | October 16, 2019

In the blizzard of our daily work and internal and external pressures, maybe think of putting the blizzard aside at times, and focusing on Deep Work (which I reviewed previously) or pursuing ONE Thing (also previously reviewed). Sometimes it takes a second or third exposure (or many more) to have a new idea really stick. … Continue reading “How to Actually Focus on What You’re Doing (NYTimes)”

Time Poverty (HBR)

By CT Lin | August 28, 2019

https://hbr.org/cover-story/2019/01/time-for-happiness This is a ‘wow’ moment. We may pursue wealth as we scramble up the corporate ladder, but we may all experience time poverty. What is the trade off? We don’t usually see our lives as comprised NOT ONLY of the wealth we pursue, but also the precious minutes that pass WHILE we delay gratification, … Continue reading “Time Poverty (HBR)”

Time management regret? (NYTimes) Work-life (im)balance? Start now.

By CT Lin | June 12, 2019

We can all benefit from reminders. And self-forgiveness. And taking a single step, (or creating the “next action”) as David Allen says in his book “Getting things Done (book summarizing video).” Atomic Habits (book summarizing video) is another book with similar suggestions. There are a growing number of books, articles, videos dedicated to this topic; … Continue reading “Time management regret? (NYTimes) Work-life (im)balance? Start now.”

I wanted Vicodin, not Herbal Tea (nytimes)

By CT Lin | December 19, 2018

We are in the midst of a national opioid crisis. It is a crisis, partially, of our own making. In the past decade we physicians were criticized for not adequately addressing the pain of our patients, to the point of creating another vital sign: “pain score.” And then dutifully tracking this score and catering to … Continue reading “I wanted Vicodin, not Herbal Tea (nytimes)”

On Master Cleanse (or, is CT Lin crazy?)

By CT Lin | June 27, 2018

Thanks to @ToddMeier, one of my IT colleagues at UCHealth.  He explained to me the benefits of periodic modified fasting.  This discussion put me on to watching a documentary about the Science of Fasting on YouTube, and then of course reading the book “Master Cleanser“. Of course, I do not subscribe to non-medical claims about … Continue reading “On Master Cleanse (or, is CT Lin crazy?)”

Coursera: Yale’s “Science of Well-Being”

By CT Lin | May 9, 2018

   Dr. Laurie Santos, Yale U. Here we are again, learning from a MOOC (massive, open, online course). This time, I read an article by the NYTimes regarding Laurie Santo’s massively popular Yale course for undergraduates called Psychology and the Good Life. It was apparently, the most popular course at Yale, ever. So, it was … Continue reading “Coursera: Yale’s “Science of Well-Being””

Muse: an ironic but helpful? App for mediation

By CT Lin | April 6, 2018

http://www.choosemuse.com/calm/ My smarter and hipper younger sister is loaning me her Muse brain sensing headband, knowing that I have developed a recent interest in meditation. I have to say, I went through some rapid-cycle opinion changes on this device: Hey, cool a new technology of some sort. Wait, this is for meditation? Neat, it has … Continue reading “Muse: an ironic but helpful? App for mediation”

Remember that you will die. (WIRED)

By CT Lin | February 21, 2018

https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-break-up-with-your-phone/ Wired magazine is starting to re-invent itself again; now as a paid-subscription service with interesting articles on a website called Backchannel. The first few articles are doozies: incredible thought pieces on the near-future of technology. I’m inhaling these; love the thoughtfulness behind the reporting. This article speaks about the stranglehold our devices have on … Continue reading “Remember that you will die. (WIRED)”

Book Review: A River Runs Through It

By CT Lin | January 17, 2018

Five Stars. I’ve read and listened to this book several times. And seen the movie. And yes, it is more than just Brad Pitt and his muscles. The book is lyrical, especially its passages on fishing, and the beauty of the wild. QUOTE “Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are … Continue reading “Book Review: A River Runs Through It”

Date night with the EHR (from the VP of Joy)

By CT Lin | January 10, 2018

This is both impressive work and incredibly depressing, and is a clarion call for those in physician informatics. Dr. Christine Sinsky’s piece in the NEJM catalyst is called “Date night with the EHR” and very clearly delineates physician time spent charting in electronic health records. Particularly appalling is the time spent on WEEKEND evenings (red … Continue reading “Date night with the EHR (from the VP of Joy)”

CT meditates: a comedy (31). Gratefulness to my reader(s) [hi mom!], and happy new year

By CT Lin | December 31, 2017

A new year! Instead of briefly held resolutions, think back over the last 30 days. We’re ahead of everyone else. Take your new 30 day habit of meditation, focus, presence and have a great year. We know that 30 days of repeated behavior is a powerful initiation of a new sustained habit (see the book: … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (31). Gratefulness to my reader(s) [hi mom!], and happy new year”

CT meditates: a comedy (30) Tai Chi

By CT Lin | December 30, 2017

I’m learning Tai Chi! I have a background in the martial arts, having trained in Shotokan, in Tae Kwon Do and most recently in Bushinkan Karate disciplines. Tai chi is another take, much gentler, much more philosophical, much slower, and amenable to learning and practice by just about anyone who can stand on two feet. … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (30) Tai Chi”

CT meditates: a comedy (29). Impermanence

By CT Lin | December 29, 2017

FOR THE END OF THE YEAR. Let go. In the Book of Joy page 249. Impermanence, the Dalai Lama reminds us, is the nature of life. All things are slipping away, and there is a real danger of wasting our precious human life. Gratitude helps us catalog, celebrate, and rejoice in each day and each … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (29). Impermanence”

CT meditates: a comedy (28). How does mindfulness contribute to effective teamwork?

By CT Lin | December 28, 2017

OK, lets review. We’ve learned how and why we meditate. We’ve learned we can meditate in 3 minutes. We’ve learned to forgive ourselves when we inevitably drift, and the Notice-shift-rewire. We’ve learned to use meditation to improve mindfulness, presence, focus. We’ve learned to use this focus to generate gratitude. We’ve learned to take this gratitude … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (28). How does mindfulness contribute to effective teamwork?”

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