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Seven Mistakes that Keep Amazing Women Stuck on the Hectic Hamster Wheel

I often see these seven mistakes getting in the way of how focused, balanced, and in-control your days could be, leaving amazing women like you stuck in a rushed, hectic, not-enough-time way of living instead (that used to be me): “I’ll just power through.”  Some women try to just put their heads down and plow through their to-dos, often thinking that if they can just get enough done, just catch up, things will get better and they’ll stay on track. Sadly, they keep trying that over and over, and it just doesn’t work. Powering through may occasionally give a quick…

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How Life Used To Look for Me, How I Fixed It, and How That Can Help You

I’ve always been an “overachiever.” I always wanted to be educated and successful. But, growing up, I had no examples of successful, educated people around me. So I did what I knew how to do – from the time I was little, I worked hard. At school, extra curricular stuff, and jobs. And I always did really well in school, so the hard work was paying off. I loved learning and still do. Give me a test, a homework assignment, anything I was responsible for learning, and I rocked it. That’s how it went for me through high school, then…

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Four Totally-Doable Steps to Make Your Day Less Overwhelming and More Productive

Do you feel overwhelmed during the day? Like you’re plowing through all your to-dos but because you’re juggling so much you just can’t get it all done? Maybe you even beat yourself up a little about the things that don’t get done during the day. Fixing the “never enough time” issue can take a little work, and it can be tough to know where to start. But with the right help, it can be very doable.  Here are four things you can do right now to start turning your days around. Give yourself five minutes of planning time. It’s so, so…

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Three Reasons People Stay Stuck in “Never Enough Time” Even When They Know How to Fix It

I’ve noticed that when I talk to other women they never feel like they have enough time to get everything done. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you have even been stuck like this for years. The women I talk to say they need to fix it but they never seem to make progress. Why is that? You probably won’t be surprised to hear that if you feel like you don’t have enough time, and you want to fix it, you need to either have less stuff to do or find a way to work more efficiently. Of course, right? I…

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Three Ways to Dial Down the Overwhelm in 2019

Are you feeling like there’s just not enough time in the day?   Do you ever feel like you’re plowing through your to-do list, running around like a hamster on a wheel, juggling so many things that you can’t get it all done?  It’s so frustrating trying to keep up with everything and balance it all.   Here are three key ways to chip away at the overwhelm this year so you can start feeling less hectic, more productive, more organized, and have more time for the people and things that are important to you. Find your biggest obstacle(s). Often, there…

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Do you make these four billable hour mistakes?

It really bugs me to see anything holding amazing women lawyers back. And we talked yesterday about how crucial it is that you regularly calculate whether you’re on track for your billable hour target. That's why it breaks my heart a little when I see lawyers making these four mistakes: Mistake #1 "I'll just set billable hour goals for each week/month." Lawyers that take this approach to tracking their time end up with very inaccurate numbers and often find themselves scrambling to catch up on hours. Why does this happen? Because billable hour math is not straightforward, so just dividing…

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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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