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Do As I Say

February 19, 2022
by Mark David Siegel

Hi everyone,

I was thinking if Wikipedia devoted a page to “do as I say, not as I do,” it would feature me. Actually, it turns out Wikipedia has a page like that, torching liberal icons like Michael Moore, Al Franken, and Barbra Streisand, but not me. But what if Wikipedia devoted a page to program directors who advise residents to rest, while bringing “to do” lists on vacation? If it did, I’d be the one getting torched.

On Friday night, Heide, the girls, and I settled into an Airbnb in Montreal, and the sad truth is I have projects to finish. Yesterday, I proofread a manuscript, and this week I need to finalize the rank lists, update two UpToDate entries, and answer some overdue emails. Then I’m done.

Maybe disclosing my pathetic work-life balance will resonate with some of you. This is no way to clear my head, nourish my mental health, or recharge, and doesn’t do much to burnish my credibility. And this needs to change.

They say the best way to hold yourself accountable is to publicize your resolutions, so here we go. This week, I plan to linger over long meals and board games with my family, curl up with books I’ve been dying to read, and wander aimlessly thorough the snowy streets of this spectacular city.

It’s an awful idea to overwhelm ourselves with work, even if it’s work we love. I’ve spent too many nights glued to the computer and too many weekends consumed by unfinished business. When I meet with residents and review your wellness plans—to ensure you’re eating, sleeping, exercising, and socializing—I do so fully aware that I’m failing myself.

This week, I intend to follow my own advice and be less of a workaholic. Wish me well and hold me accountable. When I check back in next Sunday, I’ll tell you how it went.



PS The view from Larry’s, the scene of yesterday’s long lunch:


Submitted by Mark David Siegel on February 20, 2022