Getting to Work in 2020

When my friend asked me what I was going to be working on in the new year, I told him I didn’t know because I lacked 2020 vision.

Ba-dum. Ba-dum.

Happy New Year to the HCLDR community. I’m super excited for this upcoming year…and not just because I get to use all my “20-20” dad jokes. I have a feeling that this year is going to be special from a personal perspective and a healthcare perspective.

I believe this will be the year where we will finally make significant strides on patient access to medical records. I also believe that we will finally see healthcare software that actually makes the lives of clinicians and administrators easier (most likely through voice-enabled interfaces).

In 2020 we will be celebrating the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale and because of this, the WHO has designated this as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”. It is my sincere hope that this year-long initiative will bring much needed attention and change for nurses. They are under-appreciated, under-paid, and over-worked.

As has become tradition, the first HCLDR tweetchat of 2020 will be focused on the year ahead. In the past, we have used the tweetchat to publicly disclose our personal and work-related resolutions, things we’d like to accomplish in the next 12 months, etc. It has always been inspiring to see what members of the community have planned for the new year.

However, there is a general acknowledgement that New Year’s Resolutions are not effective. Most of us that try to set resolutions will stop trying to achieve them after just 14 days. So rather than talk about resolutions I thought we could use this first HCLDR chat to discuss the things you intend to work on this year – your health, personal relationships, professional relationships, financial health, or even your yard.

Experts say that in order to improve your chances of making a lasting personal change, you need to start small and have specific targets/deadlines.

For me, one of the areas I want to work on is my professional time management. I’m terrible at managing my own time. I over-commit (I can’t say no!). I let meetings run long, which means I’m usually late to my next meeting. The list goes on and on.

My specific commitment, to myself, is this:

  • By the end of January I will have successfully completed fifteen, daily reflection/prioritization sessions. During these 30min sessions, I plan to reflect on what I accomplished the day before and then prioritize 3 things I need to achieve today. Then I will start my day.

Sounds simple right? Trust me when I say it won’t be for me. I can barely sit still for 10 minutes let alone 30. And my to-do lists are usually 10+ lines. I’m hoping that by taking this small step, I can gain control over my days and use it as a first step to improve my time management.

I am also curious to know what each of you think Healthcare, as an industry, should dedicate itself to working on this year. Is there one area that you would like to see progress made in 2020?

On Tuesday January 7th at 8:30pm ET (for your local time click here), please join the first HCLDR tweetchat of 2020 where we will be discussing the following topics:

  • T1 What are some personal things you would like to work on this year (not resolutions, just areas you want to put more focus)? Why?
  • T2 What tips and tactics have you found successful in helping you make a lasting personal change? What didn’t help?
  • T3 What would you like to see Healthcare, as an industry, work on in 2020 and why?
  • T4 What can we do as healthcare leaders, as advocates, as a social media community to ensure progress is made in these areas?


Caprino, Kathy. “The Top 3 Reasons New Year’s Resolutions Fail and How Yours Can Succeed”, Forbes, 21 December 2019,, accessed 5 January 2020

Khalil, Shireen. “You’ll Fail Your New Year’s Resolutions By This Date”,, 22 December 2019,, accessed 5 January 2020

Silver, Samuel A et al. “How to Sustain Change and Support Continuous Quality Improvement.” Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN, 25 March 2016,, accessed 5 January 2020

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