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Getting off the hamster wheel of motivation by deadline

September 29, 2014

I used to have it bad. In university I pulled all nighters for my papers, and crammed for exams. I even tried cramming for my Chinese 101 exam – trying to memorise two hundred plus Chinese characters in one night is not something I would recommend to anyone. Let me just say, it didn’t end well.

This last minute frenzy approach to work followed me into professional life and meant that I was stressed out, fighting the clock, and left wondering if my good work product could have been great if I had a little more time to give it. . . .click here to read more.

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Giving my handwritten to-do list an upgrade

July 15, 2014

Old school, when it comes to-do lists that’s me. I’ve tried many of the productivity tools out there but the hurdle for me is I just don’t like typing up and entering my to do’s. I know many people who really like these apps and that is great, but just not for me. Right now I am trying out a new system called Bullet Journal. You can read about it here.  Coach Jill Farmer wrote about it in her summer newsletter and when I checked it out on-line it seemed like a great upgrade of my handwritten weekly list.

Bullet journal is a system developed by Ryder Carroll, an Art Director from Brooklyn New York, for turning a blank journal such as a Mole Skin into a versatile organizational and capture device. I am trying out this system and so far have my little journal contains action list for the month, daily to-dos, a list of blog topic ideas, another list of people to contact, and a handy index and page numbering system. Best part? It only took ten minutes to set up and now I can take it with me everywhere so I can capture things that come up during the day.

So far so good! I will let you know if I stick with the system. If you are a pen a paper organizer then check out the Bullet Journal site. You just might like to give it a try.

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Perfectionism and Procrastination – two upcoming events in November

October 20, 2013

I am excited to announce that next month I am co-presenting two on-line courses for Continuing Legal Education BC with Derek LaCroix QC:

Understanding and Overcoming Perfectionism
November 5, 2013 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Pacific)
Here is a link to more information:  http://www.cle.bc.ca/onlinestore/productdetails.aspx?cid=978

and

Procrastination: Getting ahead of the habit that is leaving you behind
November 19, 2013; Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Pacific)
To learn more: http://www.cle.bc.ca/onlinestore/productdetails.aspx?cid=979

This will be the second time Derek and I have worked together on these topics and we have reworked our content with the addition of more practical and actionable tips.

The presentations will be delivered via CLETV which is a live video broadcast available to anyone with access to a computer and an internet line anywhere in Canada or the US and each is good for 1 hour of CPD credits.

Here is some more information about each of these courses:

Understanding and Overcoming Perfectionism

•   Do you believe that anything less than a superb result is a failure?

•   When you receive compliments do you disqualify them because you know you don’t really deserve them?

•   Do you revise documents over and over again and have a hard time letting go?

Lawyers strive for excellence in their work and the legal culture encourages that. It can be difficult to distinguish a healthy desire to do the best job possible from the potentially harmful effects of perfectionism. The pursuit of perfection can come at a high cost, and can lead to negative results.

In this course you will learn what perfectionism is all about, how to recognize it in yourself, and how to evaluate where you are on the spectrum. Perfectionism can help us to achieve heights of performance but left unchecked can cause us a great deal of anxiety and lead to performance deficits. Join us for this CLE-TV and take the first step towards understanding and acting on the perfectionism that could be dragging you down. “The perfect is the enemy of the good”— Voltaire.

Procrastination:  Getting ahead of the habit that is leaving you behind

Are your days filled with urgent deadlines and competing client demands? Do you find it almost impossible to set aside time for important projects before they become smoking hot fires on your desk? Do you find it hard to get to the least interesting items on your to-do-list? Do you feel stressed over matters you haven’t “gotten” to? One of the most common challenges faced by lawyers is procrastination. With so many competing priorities it is all too easy to get caught up in a cycle of just-in-time work product. This session will introduce the most common forms of procrastination, examine the most frequently occurring pitfalls, and provide you with a series of tips and a self-coaching practice that can help you to break free of the procrastination cycle.

I hope you can join us – the topics might be serious but Derek and I promise an enjoyable and engaging session!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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