Busy week – and now I notice I've not posted since last weekend.

Some tips from the week:

a) There's a great review on Lyme disease in The Lancet.  This article is free, but most are not.  Free registration required.

b) Analog and digital don't mix.  I received a fax from a reference lab.  The thoughtful person on the other end had used a "hi-lighter" to draw attention to the abnormal lab values. 

This made the abnormal lab values impossible to read – as the fax machine changed them to very nice darlk black lines.

Motto:  Don't use a hi-lighter when you're going to fax (or scan) something.

c) Seven Habits – corny but useful.

Yeh .. when I finished by residency, one of my mentors gave me Steven Covey's book .. and I read at least some of it and I found it helpful. 

Time for a reminder:

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Are my actions based upon self-chosen values or upon my

moods, feelings, and circumstances? 



Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind

Have I written a personal mission statement which provides

meaning, purpose, and direction to my life? Do my actions

flow from my mission? 



Habit 3: Put First Things First

Am I able to say no to the unimportant, no matter how

urgent, and yes to the important? 



Habit 4: Think Win-Win

Do I seek mutual benefit in all interdependent relationships? 



Habit 5: Seek First To Understand, Then Seek To Be Understood

Do I avoid autobiographical responses and instead faith-

fully reflect my understanding of the other person before

seeking to be understood? 


Habit 6: Synergize

Do I value different opinions, viewpoints, and perspectives

of others when seeking solutions? 



Habit 7: Sharpen The Saw

Am I engaged in continuous improvement in the physical,

mental, spiritual, and social/emotional dimensions of my life?