Today, we’re catching up with Dr. Amy Chahal, not just one of Australia’s top skin experts and cosmetic doctors but also a race car enthusiast featured by Porsche.
In our conversation, Dr. Chahal opens up about her typical day, balancing a hectic schedule at her clinic with personal time, and the steps she’s taken to improve her work-life balance, such as reducing her workdays and prioritising health.
She also offers insights and resources for those striving to find their own equilibrium between professional commitments and personal fulfilment.
Let’s start with your background! Can you share with us your career journey and what you’re currently up to?
I am originally from Canada but came to Australia to go to Medical School 15 years ago. After graduating I trained all over Australia in metro and regional hospitals in Medicine and especially Surgery.
Eventually I found my way into Medical Aesthetics, specialising in minimally invasive procedures to help people look and feel their best. I am currently the founder and medical director of The Centre for Medical Aesthetics in Surry Hills and am so proud of the evidence based, safe space that has been created to help people gain back confidence and live their best life.
We’d love to know what a typical day is like for you. Could you describe a recent workday?
Sure, I start the day training at Flow Athletic in Paddington, then grab a black coffee and head into work. Most days this means seeing patients at the clinic, but occasionally I am also speaking at conferences and industry events, in addition to teaching my colleagues the latest techniques and procedures in minimally invasive aesthetics.
After work I like to wind down at home, sometimes that means cooking a healthy meal, and other times it means ordering in – especially if the week has been long. I do try to keep a balance with eating out (for work, dinner meetings etc) and eating at home.
Can you define work-life balance for yourself and share with us your approach in maintaining it?
For me, work life balance means having space for myself and the people closest to me without letting work interfere. This usually means setting dedicated days/times of the week where work is not the priority. – this is harder than it seems when you are a doctor with patients and also a business owner! Protecting my time/energy is something I am still working on.
Change is constant, and it’s essential for growth. Have you made any lifestyle changes in the past year to improve your work-life balance?
I have actually worked 6 days a week for several years now and recently decided to start weaning back on this and get my full weekends back, a true luxury when I am able to achieve it! I’ve also consciously dedicated gym/training time to my week now. This is the time where my phone is away and I am focused on my health for 45 min-1 hr in the morning.
We’re always on the lookout for new resources! Can you recommend any books, podcasts, or newsletters that have helped you in your journey towards balance?
Check out Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Pang.
Before we wrap up, do you have any final words of wisdom or insights on work, life, or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
True life work balance is when your work and life complement and enhance each other, not compete with each other – try to achieve this by finding what ignites your spirit and let it drive your work