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  2. Sexism at Work
  3. Having More Time
  4. Piling On to Help Other Women
  5. WLN’s Stuck Series


1.  Mindfulness Matters.  Discussions about the importance of mindfulness continue, and Levo League discusses the benefits of mindfulness, including clear benefits and some motivating (and scary) facts and figures.  Looking to give meditation a try but not sure where to start?  Try a program like Headspace to make it easy and fun.

2. Sexism at Work.  Lauren Rikleen calls attention to this issue in Fortune, including noting that “Often, the behavior is shrouded in the bigger picture. The executive who regularly made uncomfortable comments or told off-color jokes was also a mentor who offered great career advice.”

3. Having More Time.  Or feeling like it anyway.  Fast Company shares secrets of busy people who don’t feel as stressed about time as the rest of us, including not filling up all of your time and (because they must overhear lots of lawyers) not constantly talking about how busy we are.

4. Piling On to Help Other Women.  Andie & Al remind us how important it is to support other women by “piling on” and reinforcing their comments and ideas.

5. WLN’s Stuck Series.  In case you missed it, here at WLN over the last few months, we’ve been talking about the feeling of being stuck, three steps to get unstuck, and what to do in the meantime (then even more things to do in the meantime).

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.

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