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Resolutions for the New Year: Can They Actually Help Your Private Practice?

The new year is rolling around again, and people are talking about resolutions. Remember how you resolved to lose that weight last year…but nothing changed without concrete action?

The same goes for your therapy practice. If you’re hoping to begin bringing in additional revenue from insurance billing, then you have to learn how to apply new billing codes. If you’d like to see more patients in a day, then you need use some of the new technology that can help you spend more time with your patients, and less time with your paperwork. These things don’t just “happen” all on their own with a bit of wishful thinking.

The new year is a golden opportunity for change. 

So, if you are serious about making professional resolutions that really count this year, let’s take a look at a few ways to ensure that your goals are attainable. 

Mark Your Progress

When thinking about a resolution, determine how you will note your progress. If you are a therapist, and you’d like to never see an empty waiting room again, begin keeping track of your no-shows and missed appointments. Set a plan in action for patient reminders, and monitor your progress. The bottom line is that progress needs to be noted to be appreciated. This nullifies the possibility of yet another forgotten resolution.

Set Goals Based on Time

It’s also a beneficial idea to see a resolution as time-based. This can keep you from taking on too much too quickly, which can often end in disappointment. When it comes to professional resolutions, make list of changes that you would like to implement in your practice, and assign a time limit for achieving each task, such as writing better therapy notes or organizing your office.

Be Specific

When it comes to resolutions, remember that being specific and designating exactly what you hope to achieve will put you one step closer to bringing it to fruition. When you are considering changes to streamline or better your therapy practice, don’t leave out any details when you set your plan. Think about marketing strategies and therapy website development. Never ever stop looking for new, specific ways to grow your practice.

The bottom line is that New Year’s resolutions CAN be a great motivator in your professional life, but only if you put in the time and the effort to make a real difference. Like self-growth, professional growth is a beautiful thing! Your specificity, time limits, and tracking system will help you meet those goals.



Angela Ash is the Content Manager for Mentegram, a mental healthcare technology company that is bridging the gap between patients and their therapists. They have helped over 200 therapists provide better care to more than 1,500 of their patients. Angela is also a professional article writer and editor, specializing in online content and authoritative blog topics.

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