After the holiday indulgence, many RD’s find that January is one of the busiest times of the year. As those with New Years Resolutions to lose weight seek the help of professionals, you might see your calendar filling up with appointments. To manage the rush, stay on task and help as many people as possible, we’ve found some resources that may help. In the tech field we call these little tips and tricks “hacks” but you can call them whatever you’d like.
1. The Ultimate Planner
Maybe you haven’t yet mastered Google Calendar or, if you’re like me, events seem to mysteriously disappear from your iCal. Prevent this from happening with a paper planner. Real Simple came out with a list of awesome planners a few years ago that lends nicely to 2015 and Bustle just did a round as well. Studies have shown that we remember things better when we write them down, so it’s no shock that paper and pen can prevail over a busy schedule. My personal favorite is the Moleskine Color a Month Daily Planner (pictured above) – it's small enough that you can toss it in your bag without much added weight, bright enough that you can find it when you need it and simple enough that you stay organized with little hassle.
2. Handouts for Clients
Sometimes sending clients home with handouts helps to keep them on track with their SMART goals. Nutrition411 has a terrific handout on resolution management, complete with a long-term plan, potential roadblocks and a progress calendar. Consider it a way to help clients think through their resolutions before they even set them.
Another way to help prepare clients for meaningful changes is to use motivational interviewing techniques. This worksheet is another great resource to help patients prepare for big changes. They can even fill it out before your appointment to maximize time spent discussing their answers.
This brief tool can even empower clients to assess whether they’re ready for a change at all. Many people feel that a change would be highly beneficial but the roadblocks they anticipate keep them in the contemplation stage of change. Helping clients help themselves can be a useful tool to eliminate ambivalence!
3. Check-in Plan
Sometimes the most difficult thing with clients can be checking in frequently. If you use Google Calendar to schedule follow ups, set a little notification to pop up in the corner of your computer screen. Alternatively you can schedule an hour or two of live tweets if you’re working with a younger demographic. Simply have them tweet at you with a specific hashtag and make sure their twitters aren’t set to private! This is an easy way for them to communicate with you on the go and ask questions in between sessions.
Do you have any busy season hacks to share?