Ep 122 Setting Boundaries Without Guilt with Dr. Laura Suttin

Does this sound familiar? You've been told to prioritize and manage your time, but it's not bringing the results you want. Instead, you're feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and struggling to set boundaries. If you're a physician or healthcare professional facing these challenges, you're not alone. In this episode, Dr. Laura Suttin shares her wisdom on how to prioritize your life, manage your time, and set boundaries without guilt.

“There was a part of me that said, I have so much going on. I don't even want to think about it. And then I realized if I don't face it, then nothing’s going to get done, and denial is not the right place to be either.” -Dr. Laura Suttin


Key Takeaways

  • Master time management and set clear boundaries for a balanced life.
  • Learn the importance of saying no and setting healthy boundaries.
  • Manage feelings of regret and prioritize your own well-being.
  • Understand personal values and make intentional choices for fulfillment.
  • Create space for yourself and reclaim control of your time.


About Dr. Laura Suttin

Dr. Laura Suttin is a Board Certified family physician, an ICF-trained and certified coach, a physician executive, a consultant, and an entrepreneur. She currently practices in San Antonio, where she lives with her family. She completed her medical training at the McGovern Medical School in Houston and her residency at the Christus Spohn Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in Corpus Christi, Texas. She received her MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2016.

Dr. Suttin began working with a coach over 10 years ago, and found it so life-changing that she became a coach herself. She is certified through both the Physician Coaching Institute and The Insight Coaching Community. She launched Purposeful MD in 2021, with the mission of empowering physicians to create the lives they love without guilt. In her spare time, she enjoys running, triathlon, travel, and glamping with her family in their travel trailer.


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Key Moments

00:00:00 - Introduction and Background

00:01:35 - The Power of Coaching

00:03:46 - Facing the Reality of Time

00:07:01 - Using Technology to Manage Tasks

00:11:07 - Calendarizing Tasks for Clarity

00:12:57 - Anticipating Curveballs and Setting Boundaries

00:14:00 - Overcoming Fear of Saying No

00:15:29 - Prioritizing Time and Energy

00:16:56 - Decision-Making Process

00:23:30 - Empowering Others and Succession Planning

00:25:48 - Avoiding Burnout by Allowing Help and Amplifying Voices

00:26:11 - Managing Feelings of Regret

00:28:13 - Clarifying Core Values

00:30:52 - Prioritizing Roles and Responsibilities

00:33:01 - Being the Creator of Your Schedule