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7 tips for the time-crunched lawyer

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.

 

 

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Goodbye work life balance and hello resilience

July 30, 2013

I had a first yesterday – I had a chance to talk to Jill Krop, guest host of the Simi Sara show on CKNW about work life balance as a concept that is rapdily falling out of favour.  I explained that I don’t like to use the expression because it sets up work and life in oposition to another and implies that there is some ideal state of balance we should all be aiming for.   Our lives are way more dynamic and full than that model implies.  In these modern days where information flows faster than we could ever have imagined we need to shift our focus to resillience and flexibility.

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Making the shift from perfectionism to the pursuit of excellence

June 19, 2013

I had the opportunity to co-present for CLEBC on the topic of dealing with perfectionism with Derek LaCroix, QC, Executive Director of the Lawyers Insurance Program of BC. Derek and I enjoyed working together and so are going to offer another on-line presentation on this topic for CLEBC in November. This time we are going to focus on providing more in the way of actionable tips for the viewers.

To give you a taste for what we will be talking about here is a link to an article that I wrote for Slaw.ca this month.

Bottom line is that I encourage all perfectionists out there to choose to make the shift away from perfectionism and towards excellence. Often it takes support, and some focused and consistent effort, but the good news is, it is a truly achievable goal.

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