Last week, we talked about a few things you can do right now, while you’re making steady progress toward getting unstuck.
As promised, today, let’s dig into four more:
1. Create More Time
Yes, this is possible, if you increase your productivity and effectiveness. You’ve probably read a few thousand articles about productivity, but it’s really tough to implement those tips when you spend your day running that obstacle course race we talked about. But there really are ways to work faster, better, and smarter so that you create more time and less burnout. We could spend lots of time talking about exact tips and strategies you can use (and we can if you would like some help with this), but for now just try to find two or three ways that you can work more efficiently, whether that’s scheduling your whole day, delegating more, or something else that works for you.
Now let’s be realistic, the billable hour model is not necessarily on our side when it comes to productivity and saving time. Keep in mind though that sometimes you can bill just as many hours but spend less time in the office. (No, really, you can.) We tend to lose too much time to non-billable hours, whether we just spend too much time on non-billable things, or we lose too much time switching from one billable project to the next. In addition, some people are more effective with their time and have the ability to change their billable hour rate to reflect their value.
(Are you thinking: that’s nice in theory but can you talk to me about concrete, realistic ways to increase my productivity while living this hectic lawyer life?)
2. Get Some Separation
And make it long enough that you feel it. You know those days when you run the race, then leave your office, but your brain is still on the race obstacles and your thumb is still scrolling your work email, then you wake up the next morning and dive back in, feeling like you never really left? (Are you thinking, yeah, I call that everyday?)
Yep, been there, no good. One good way to stay stuck is to never give yourself space to think or plan, to get any perspective, or consider what you might want to change. It’s like obliviously swimming in the ocean, thinking you’re still along the beach, then looking up to realize you’ve been pulled out to sea. It’s really hard to get back. Find a way to disconnect for long enough that you feel separated. Maybe that means setting email limits for yourself, meditating or exercising regularly, disconnecting during vacation or over the weekend, going away for the weekend once a month, working from a different office if that’s an option, or taking a work-free lunch or walk everyday, but it is important to find brain-break that works for you.