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One Simple Thing You Can Do About the Stress You Feel Every Day

So , if I asked you to name one thing in your life that regularly causes you stress, you might say “work” or “traffic” or “this case I’ve been working on,” but the things that cause us stress are usually much more specific. What exactly is it about those things that cause you stress? There is usually something specific that you can pinpoint. For example, perhaps it’s not work generally that causes you stress, but maybe your stress level rises… When you split your attention/multitask When you look at your email inbox Each time you add something to your to-do…

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Uncomfortable Still Counts

On Facebook recently, I did a live video talking about this weird issue I see where when we tackle something tough, but we’re uncomfortable or nervous doing it, we feel like it doesn’t count. Let’s say you have a difficult conversation you need to have with someone at work, or maybe you’re negotiating your compensation, or giving a presentation, and you’re nervous about it. Then you do it. And you’re nervous and uncomfortable the whole time. But you did it. This strange thing happens where, even though we did it, because we didn’t feel comfortable doing it, it seems like it…

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The 5 Changes That Finally Gave Me Enough Time to Get Everything Done

I never used to have enough time.  I struggled to keep up.  I’m organized, definitely the planning type, but even with those skills, I just couldn’t find the time I needed. This picture is me eight years ago.  Caught off guard…somewhere in Switzerland on “vacation” but not actually disconnected from work.   I don’t look all that relaxed right?  (If you want the full version of this site, embarassing pictures of me included, it's over here.) I was a new-ish attorney, just a few years in.  The “omg I’m done with school and finally a lawyer, and I kind of feel like…

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2-Minute Calculation – Whether You’re Unrealistic About What You Can Get Done

I used to beat myself up daily about what I didn’t get done that day. There were unfinished items on my to-do list at work, or I hadn’t been going running lately, or I didn’t make it to the grocery store to buy fruit, or I still hadn’t dropped that package off at the post office, or all of those things…Ugh! I would always think that if I just pushed myself a little harder, if I could just be a little more organized and efficient, I could get it all done. Over time, I did get much more organized, efficient,…

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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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