In this new installment in the “How I Work Smarter” series, we really are going global. We first started in the United States, then Australia, and now the United Kingdom. Today we feature Dr. Damian Roland (@damian_roland), who blogs at The Rolobot Rambles. Damian was kind enough to provide his great tips, and it is with great pleasure that I share his responses to the questions in this series.


  • RolandName: Dr. Damian Roland
  • Location: Leicester (the middle of England)
  • Current job: Consultant and Lecturer in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at University of Leicester NHS Trust
  • One word that best describes how you work: Vibrantly
  • Current mobile device: iPhone 5
  • Current computer: Macbook Air 

What’s your office workspace setup like?

I wish my ‘office’ was just my computer, however the physical space I occupy at work often consists of a desktop computer, a Mac Air, a cacophony of cables, intermittent frustration at lack of wifi, and (at regular intervals) a cup of coffee. Also one of my rules for when I am not on a clinical shift is for a coffee and cake break at 11 am.


What’s your best time-saving tip in the office or home?

Turning off e-mail when trying to complete a task. When I actually do this it definitely saves me time…

What’s your best time-saving tip regarding email management?

For all e-mails, I decide whether I can respond within 48 hours or not. If I can’t, I tend to e-mail saying a response will be delayed and if you don’t hear from me please e-mail back. If I never get to it and I don’t hear back, then it can’t have been that important…

What’s your best time-saving tip in the ED?

I write (we are still paper based) as I clerk. The BNF app (the British National Formulary) is also awesome.

ED charting: Macros or no macros?

Not sure I can answer as we are still paper-based, but I spend a lot of time trying to create work-arounds in our department!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about work, life, or being efficient?

Ask yourself: Are you putting lots of passion into your work? Do you have the same energy with your home life? If not – why not!?

Is there anything else you’d like to add that might be interesting to readers?

If you’ve read something that has touched you or made a difference to what you do, have you let the person who wrote it know?

Who would you love for us to track down to answer these same questions?

  1. Simon Carley
  2. Joe Lex
  3. Chris Nickson
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