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Taking control of your time is one key to maintaining a sense of control over your professional and personal life. A perception that you have limited control over priorities is stressful.

A national survey from researchers at the University of Michigan Health System[1] found that of all the challenges facing physicians in their careers, a lack of control of work hours and schedule is the strongest predictors of dissatisfaction and burnout.

The survey’s results revealed that physicians can struggle with work-life balance and still remain highly satisfied with their careers. Control over one's schedule and the number of hours of work each week was tied to how the physicians felt about their personal accomplishment, emotional resilience and other factors that affect burnout and career satisfaction.

[1] Obstetrics & Gynecology, April 2007, 109: 949-955

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