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I am Amal Mattu, ECG nerd and author of Emergency ECG Video of the Week: How I Work Smarter

2017-01-20T12:30:55+00:00

As this series has progress, we have received a multitude of nominations for call-outs. One of the most popular requests was to have Dr. Amal Mattu (@amalmattu) share his efficiency secrets. Amal has blanketed the world of continuing medical education with didactics and workshops on ECG interpretation and faculty development skills. He authors the extremely popular Emergency ECG Video of the Week series and hosts a monthly EMCast podcast for Emedhome.com. He also the Consulting Editor for Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America. He does it all. When I emailed requesting his insights, I was surprised to hear his response.

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Response from Dr. Amal Mattu

I’m the antithesis of the modern twitter/tech generation in terms of “working smart.” I don’t use Google Docs, Google Calendars, iCalendar, Dropbox, or any special technology. I don’t have any special method of organization except a folded piece of paper that I carry in my pocket and write notes on when something needs to be done… a paper to-do list. It’s just paper.

 

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Where I do most of my work

I do most of my work not in my study or office, but on our kitchen table when kids are at school or in bed. If something needs to be done by a deadline, I write down the deadline and just do it. If something doesn’t need to be done right away, I don’t do it right away. No fancy organization.

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My time

I make sure I spend time with the family and workout. I don’t watch much TV. I sleep 5-6 hours/night. When I travel, I work on the plane and in the hotel, I workout, eat room service, and get caught up on sleep.

I see lots of people spend hours and hours trying to get organized with different high-tech methods. I don’t worry about being organized… I just do what needs to be done in the order in which things need to be done. That’s really all I do.

Michelle Lin, MD
ALiEM Editor-in-Chief
Academy Endowed Chair of EM Education
Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Michelle Lin, MD
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  • HEMSonICE

    I like it 🙂

  • marco

    I agree with the way of working of Dr. Mattu, but both the sheet of paper that the stack of items on the table are replaced by my GaIaxy Notethat also reminds me of when I have to do things

    • Sounds like you’ve figured out a great similar workflow style. Congrats! You are in esteemed company.

  • Erich

    A return to paper, very academic. Almost looks like you are using a fountain pen for the true scholar achievement.

  • Toni Riveros

    Awesome! Suddenly I don’t feel ashamed of the piles of paper on my desk 🙂