Attorney with a Life

Distractions! Don’t these drive you crazy? It’s hard enough to get through the pile of work without the endless stream of emails, text messages, phone calls, and colleagues coming into our office with questions. If you haven’t got your priorities worked out, and a plan for your day, it is easy to get pushed off course. Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and the forthcoming Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention
This month the Canadian Bar Association  National Magazine features an article by lawyer Carolynne Burkholder-James with tips to reduce procrastination in legal practice.  Here’s an excerpt: As a busy lawyer with an overflowing to-do list, it can be easy to put off tasks to another day. But procrastination is not a good habit to fall into. The key for new lawyers is to learn the skills to help you manage your practice as efficiently as…
Always chasing deadlines? Feel like you are perpetually starting projects too late? Want to get more productive? If you answered yes to any of these questions you are in good company with the majority of your colleagues in the legal profession. I have some good news for you. One simple practice habit can have a big impact on productivity.  I call it the run a dash habit. Here’s how it works. To run a dash,…
I am the founder of AWAL and a lawyer coach with over a decade of experience helping clients overcome challenges and achieve success however they define it. In practice this can be many things from helping a law firm partner get more “dad time” with his young family, to coaching a lawyer on the business development strategy, skills, and implementation to grow her legal practice. After a career in legal marketing and business development with…
Is your phone becoming another distraction? In today’s busy connected work our reliance on our cell phones can have a negative effect.  Getting time offline can be a major challenge. What can you do to stay out of this cycle of being plugged in 24/7? My recent article published on Clio provides strategies for dealing with the cell phone challenge. Click here to find out more… Why Lawyers Need to Stay Off Their Phones
I am the founder of AWAL and a lawyer coach with over a decade of experience helping clients overcome challenges and achieve success however they define it. In practice this can be many things from helping a law firm partner get more “dad time” with his young family, to coaching a lawyer on the business development strategy, skills, and implementation to grow her legal practice. After a career in legal marketing and business development with…
Happy International Women’s Day! In celebration of this day, I am sharing an insight with you about the power a small close network of women can have for advancing your career that I learned from BC Business magazine this week. In a study released in January researchers from Notre Dame University and the Kellog School of Management found that “77 percent of the highest achieving women had strong ties with an inner circle of two…
Law is one hard working profession. It is also highly meaningful and vital to our civil society. The updated Welcome to AWAL section on the home page and the About page explore this idea further. Here’s an excerpt for you:  “Lay people sometimes forget that the rights and freedoms that underpin our civil society depend on the rule of law. The rule of law is under threat in many parts of the world. As a…
John is an in-house counsel for a technology company.  He’s been asked to advise on a highly risky investment agreement but when he starts to raise the myriad of problems with the deal he gets shut down. Terry is the junior on a large file.  In a rush to advance to the next stage of the proceedings senior counsel makes a clear misstep. She tries to point this out but her objection falls on death ears.…
The pace of life is speeding up.  The months rush by in a blur of deadlines, emails, and stress.  So much these days feels out of our control and this is precisely why it is so important to grasp what is ours to influence and control – and most important of all is our own wellness. Attorney With A Life® contributor Terry DeMeo joined me in writing an article for the CLIO blog about 5…