You don’t need another $700 gadget to get things done. Here are 3 very simple (and cheap) ideas to be efficient and successful.

1. An idea-capturing system

Your new idea is so brilliant, that it might get you the Nobel prize. Or save lives. Or make millions.

17 distractions later, your genius idea is gone. Forever.

Ideas tend to cross your mind at the least convenient times.

This is the reason why you need a convenient system to capture ideas in real time.

Depending on where you are, it could be as simple as:

  • Pen and paper – in multiple locations
  • An idea document or “sticky” on your computer
  • Notebook on your nightstand
  • A flash card in your pocket
  • Countless apps
  • A waterproof marker in the shower
  • Typing a “note” on your phone, your tablet, or your computer

If you have an iPhone, you can even dictate a note by saying: “Hey Siri, write a note.”

Your job is to decrease mental clutter and avoid storing ideas in your brain.

2. A project list

Beyond the never-ending to-do list, you need a project list.

A project is defined as a task that requires multiple steps, or multiple to-dos, so it has nothing to do on your to-do list.

Components of the project, however, can and should end up on your to-do list.

Examples of projects include: becoming a Fear-Free practice, expanding your clinic, or spending 2 weeks in Europe.

A to-do list changes daily, whereas a project list likely only changes every few weeks or months depending on how efficient you are.

3. Stress management

No achiever can perform for very long without stress management strategies.

So plan time to relieve or avoid ulcers, heart attacks, stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue.

This can take multiple forms: yoga, sports, meditation, a massage, exercising, or taking a (real) vacation.

Stress management can also happen in short sessions. It could be as simple as reading a few pages, taking a power nap, running around the block, calling a friend, or taking your dog for a walk.

There are many tools high achievers need, but those 3 are a great start to stay on the road to success.

If you would like to learn how Chronos can help you and your team regain time and sanity, please reach out to us. Simply click on the Discovery Call button above or visit

Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS, CVJ, Fear Free certified
Co-Founder of Chronos