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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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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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