Do you complain about your health or your appearance on a regular basis? Are you always too tired? Do you never have time to shop for or prepare healthy meals? Can you recall the last time you took a walk or saw the inside of a gym?
It takes a lot of mental space and emotional stamina to constantly remind ourselves of all that we don’t have the time or energy to accomplish. You want to make a change. You want to live differently. If only you had more time. If only you didn’t have to work so much. If only energy grew on trees.
Do you wish that things were different? They can be.
What are you doing to change your habits? Make one small tweak to your usual routine, and soon you’ll reap big rewards.Park in the far corner of the parking lot. Use the restroom on a different floor, and take the stairs to get there. Walk a lap around the office interior a few times each day to stretch your legs and refresh your mental muscle. Bring (and eat) one piece of fresh fruit each day.
Have you ever thought about the habits or behavior patterns you engage in regularly that create an environment for this condition of Not-Enough-Time-ness to thrive?Are you guilty of contributory health negligence?
An intense worklife is a convenient alibi to explain away the extra weight, the afternoon crashes and the bad eating habits. There’s an easier and a more delicious way to go (and yes, all of your work will still get done in time). In our FREE report, we outlined 6 Easy Shifts to Boost Your Health in No Time! (Get it by entering your name and email address in the space on the right side of your screen). It’s a great place to start, after all, the rest of your life starts right now!
Has this ever happened to you?
A client calls and describes a new case or a deal that seems impossible given the law as you know it. You express your initial reaction, and she asks you if there’s another way. Your brain starts churning as you consider the possibilities. Thinking out loud, you come up with an idea! Well, you tell her, we could try. . . .
Or, you get served with motion papers, and your adversary’s case is so compelling that you’re speechless. Then, you relax and regroup. You rise to the challenge, and you figure it out. You find the argument that was relegated to a footnote but really makes your case a winner (or at least plausible).
Very rarely is there only one way or just one answer. Life, like the law, is filled with infinite possibilities. What may seem black and white actually contains shades of gray.
The next time you find yourself thinking that there’s “no time” to eat breakfast, or to go to the gym or to go out with friends, we invite you to be your own adversary.
Play devil’s advocate.
Think as if your life depended on it, because it does. Challenge yourself to find 1 or 2 solutions to your obstacles.
Well, I could try __________________________.
Fill in the blank. Let us know what you come up with in the comments below. If you’re stuck, we’re happy to chime in, just ask us below or email your obstacle to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even if you aren’t familiar with Parkinson’s Law by name, you’ve probably experienced it.
According to Parkinson’s Law, work expands to fill the time available for its completion.
We’ve all been there – - we’ve worked on something for days or weeks and then scramble at the end to make the filing or service deadline. No matter how impossible it seems to get things done in the allotted time, we always do. Whew! But is it always necessary to spend as long as we do completing projects? Maybe not.
Sometimes, getting things done quickly serves us (and our clients). All of the half-finished projects and loose ends you’ve been meaning to wrap up take up valuable real estate in your brain. They add up, and it gets like a crowded subway car. It’s hard to have the focus and clarity we need to do great work when we’re carrying such a heavy load. Also, always working down to the wire adds more stress to our days. Here’s one way around that:
1. Make a list of all of the things that are hanging in limbo. You know, the cases you keep meaning to read, the article in that Law Journal that you’ve been carrying back and forth to the office, the emails you’ve yet to return, the files sitting on your credenza, those kinds of things. Spend 5 minutes and list as many items as you can.
2. Take a look at your list. What can you delegate or discard? Cross these items out. They’re off your plate now.
3. Declare a deadline. Stick to it. Schedule out as many of the other items as you can, and honor the schedule as a fixed deadline.
Before long, this will create greater ease and flow (and less stress) in your work and your life. Give it a try and share your verdict with us in the comments below.
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