Is the Stress of Dentistry Affecting Your “Why?”


Open a closet or storage cabinet in the Behrendt home, and an old photo album is bound to fall out. We have taken a zillion photos over the years! Though the world has gone totally digital, and nowadays our pictures are stored neatly in a “cloud”…I love opening an old photo album every now and then. The hundreds of crazy, funny family pictures crammed into the torn and fading pages remind me why I do what I do.

I call this my “why” time. What do your photos reveal? When you look back through old pictures, have you spend enough time on your “why?”

Understandably your practice is a busy place, and we all want a full schedule. With that in mind, I encourage you to give thought to how much “why” time your team generally enjoys, as compared to the amount of hours spent earning it. Is your balance off?

In this video, see why it’s so important to strike a healthy balance between your professional and personal lives. You’ll also see a scheduling strategy to help you create more “why” time, and solve one problem that might be keeping you late!


  • Cindy Gala

    Great idea to have an outline to identify if an “emergency” is a true emergency and just how soon the patient really needs to be seen. Would love a copy of your checklist please.

  • I just love your understanding of why we get up and do what we do workwise, so we can have the time to do the things that make us soar with happiness and fun! The office is fun but “why” time is what motivates me. All The Best, AL

  • Can I get a copy of that energency form ?

    • John Miller

      Hey Everyone!

      Thanks for the comments…
      You asked, and therefore you shall receive!! Stay tuned…tomorrow (11/16) you’ll be receiving an email with a short video telling you exactly how to get the emergency form, and another seen in recent video.

      Thanks again for your feedback!

  • Superb blog! It is very true that there is a healthy balance between your professional and personal lives. My family friend,Bozeman Dentist in Montana is always busy with his patients, yet he finds enough time for his family and friends. He is always cool and treats his patients with honesty and respect and provides high-quality family dental care.

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