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Do you have a “yes” reflex?

Women often say yes too much and without taking into consideration the effects of saying yes.  Saying yes is a habit, a reflex, a natural response that we feel pressured to give.  We have a “yes reflex.”  We are eager to please and afraid of the consequences of saying no.  However, we do not always consider the consequences of saying yes. For example, do you have enough time to take on the project you said yes to?  There are a limited number of hours in the day, and that project is taking time away from something else – your family…

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“I can’t do this.” “They’re smarter than me.” and Other Ugly Thoughts

If you’ve ever thought… I can’t do this. These people are smarter than me. I’m not going to make it. I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t really belong here. I’m an imposter, and someone is going to figure that out. I’m not smart enough. I wish I was that healthy/smart/put together/confident/well-dressed/successful/good at marketing. …you are not alone.  Sadly, these ugly thoughts are way too common for many of us. Fortunately, understanding them a little better can help; and you can also download this Cheatsheet for Quickly Killing Ugly Thoughts in 60 Seconds or Less. Let’s start by understanding some of…

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Four Ways Women Lawyers Are Treated Differently

Sadly, there are many subtle gender bias and communication issues out there that can hold us back, and until we’re able to eliminate those issues from our profession, it’s important to be aware. Here are four examples to keep in mind: The expectations of your behavior are different. Stereotypes cause people (both men and women) to unconsciously expect different behavior from women. For example, men are expected to be ambitious, competitive, and to aggressively pursue their goals. Women are expected to be caring and sensitive to others. Behaving outside of those expectations can hurt you. When men behave in an…

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Dealing with Distractions

As we address the “I don’t have enough time.” issue, we’ve talked about narrowing your to-do list to the things that matter and making sure we allocate the right amount of time and energy to those things left on your list that do matter.  But even if you take those steps to clear out and prioritize, you’ll still have to deal with distractions.  So, let’s take a little time to begin addressing those pesky time-wasters. At the end I'll tell you about a tool to help, but to start tackling distractions, let’s remember that there are two main kinds: Internal & External. Internal distractions…

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Great Big Guide to Keeping Yourself Going When You’re Not That Into What You’re Working On Right Now

It happens…sometimes maybe even a lot. You may be tired, running on empty, or just not-so-pumped about the project you’re working on at the moment. But it has to get done. (Ugh.) And sheer willpower is an exhausting way to get through it. So, I have a dozen ideas you can use to power through.  Here are your first six: 1. Take a break. The right way to start may be to stop. There’s a good chance that the reason you’re finding it difficult to keep going is because your brain literally cannot even. If your brain needs a break, it will…

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Efficient Versus Effective

Today, let’s dive into a short thought that practices what it preaches! As you harness the energy of heading into a new year, try filtering the way you spend your time by thinking about whether you are being effective, or just efficient. We all love productivity tips and learning how to work better and faster, but remember – the most efficiently-done task should still be worth doing, should make a difference, should be something that needs to get done, should further a goal that you set for yourself.  A longer day in the office doesn’t make sense if that extra time doesn’t need…

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Turn Billable Hour Blues into Green & White

Billable hours don’t make much sense.* Now that we have that out of the way, the reality remains, law tends to move at the speed of……molasses, which means – many of us are stuck with the billable hour model for the time being.  But, until we have a model that works better, let’s make sure we’re thriving under the billable hour regime and making it work for us. To do that, you need control over your time and predictability surrounding your billable hour picture so you can turn your billable hour blues into: GREEN.  You guessed it: money.  In other words, that control and predictability will help you…

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The Big Check Mark

My fellow checklist-lover, this is for you! If you derive satisfaction from crossing an item off your to-do list and if – when you accomplish something that is not on your list – you put it on just so you can cross it off (I’m with you), the below small change could make a big difference for you. We checklist-types tend to feel more accomplished when we check more things off our list. However, it’s easy to pay too much attention to how many things we are checking off and not what things we are checking off. Keep an eye…

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How Amazing You Really Are

Women lawyers are smart, hard-working, and talented.  We are really good at many things.  Unfortunately, we are not so great at recognizing our accomplishments.  In fact, we often go the other direction, criticizing ourselves too much or setting unrealistic expectations.  Let’s dig into three ways you may be undermining yourself: 1. You forget you’re surrounded by other amazing people.  We are often surrounded by other impressive humans – lawyers, business people, academics, politicians – something to be grateful for and inspired by.  The problem is, all that amazing-ness can start to feel a little too normal when it’s a big part of your…

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What is Women Lawyers News?

We have started sharing on the Ms. JD blog, so now we're taking a moment to tell you what www.WomenLawyersNews.com is all about.   It can take a surprisingly long time to learn how being a woman can impact your career experiences and opportunities, and it is really hard work to keep up with all the important (and scary) issues that can hurt women lawyers, or hold us back.  It can take even longer to learn how to handle gender-realted issues.  BUT, you should have a way to easily develop and maintain awareness of these issues.  Enter Women Lawyers News. Fortunately there are many great resources,…

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