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August 1, 2014
February 5, 2014
My Slaw column in January picked up on an important theme I have been exploring in my work and in my writing, namely, the trap of setting super hero expectations for ourselves in terms of volume and quality of our work, number of commitments we take on, and so on. I personally ran headlong into this in the lead up to the December holiday period and ended the year with much to reflect on. If you, like me, have a strict inner task master or mistress, please read on.
From the column:
On Christmas Eve, instead of happy dreams of sugar plums and nutcrackers I tossed and turned in bed battling inner demons that were determined to remind me of all my apparently innumerable short comings.
I was sick with a flu that left me weak and unable to carry out my fabulous plans for holiday entertaining. Adding insult to injury, I was left curled up on the couch clutching my cup of camomile tea and watching others sip from that bottle of California Cult Classic wine we had been saving.
Holiday photos this year feature me with tangled hair and dark circles under my eyes. Heck even my dog didn’t want to be seen with me!
How did this happen? I burned the candle at both ends. I attempted to be everything to everyone, exceed expectations, and…
October 12, 2013
My latest article is up on Slaw.ca – 7 tips for the time-crunched. This month I am focused on what it takes to thrive in the whirlwind of our everyday lives. Although my title to this post specifies lawyers, the article is really aimed at any one working in a law firm or indeed professionals in general. One caveat, in my quick editing of the article prior to submission I didn’t notice that I skipped from tip three to tip five so really it should be six tips for the time-crunched.
So here is my missing tip number four:
Sleep. Rest. Recuperate.
Tip four isn’t really complicated. It is however essential. Human beings need eight hours of sleep a night. Our brains work so much better when given the opportunity for a good’s night rest. One of the results of our energetic, to-do-list lives, is that we borrow the time we need for sleep and give it to other activities. The result is that we aren’t as sharp and alert as we could be, our thinking is slowed down, and we get less done. I am working with a couple of clients now caught in the sleep deprivation spiral.
I suggest a simple experiment. In the coming week try getting 8 hours or more of sleep a night for 3 consecutive nights and experience how it feels. Are you more clear-headed? What impact does it have on your levels of stress and anxiety during the day? Are you accomplishing more during the day? Send me an email and let me know what you notice.