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Lack of sleep (and sleep quality) does really terrible things to us – it can make us sluggish, distracted, cranky, less creative and leave us struggling with decisions, craving unhealthy food, and gaining weight, just to name a few. Yet, it’s really easy to skip sleep or to do things that mess with the quality of our sleep. Fortunately, I love reading sleep health articles and discussing sleep health research (sometimes even when I should be going to bed, go figure), so today let’s skip the scientific talk and get down to Five Quick Tips that you can use to help you get more and better sleep, starting tonight.

Let’s do this: [click to continue…]

Over the past few months, in the WLN community, we’ve been digging into some important topics that have a big impact on our daily lives, and we’ll keep doing that as we move forward. Adding to those discussions, let’s take this month to talk about other stuff that affects us every day, issues that I regularly hear people saying they would like to improve:

  • Sleep
  • Fitness
  • Food/Nutrition
  • Energy

Each week this month, starting next week, we’ll tackle 5 Quick Tips to make progress in each of these categories.

Today, let’s prepare for the rest of the month by talking about two key concepts:

1. Some improvement is better than none at all. We often overlook this (being the super-achieving types that we are). In other words, we tend to take an all-or-nothing approach to the above issues. For example, we think – I don’t have a free hour to go to the gym, so I guess I won’t get to work out today, when actually a quick walk or a 5-minute workout at home would be much better than no workout at all. We’re used to knocking it out of the park, but sometimes it’s ok to just hit the ball and get to first base, then build on that and make bigger improvements later.

2. It’s an experiment. We spend time in the WLN community talking about ways to approach a problem as well as tips for handling issues, and I’m always thrilled to hear when amazing women like you use those discussions to make their daily life better. However, we can never have a completely one-size-fits-all approach that works for everyone. Often, it’s a matter of trying a tip or idea, seeing if it works for you, and perhaps changing and adjusting it to fit your life. So, keep in mind as we move through this month, that some of the tips you’re reading may work well right away, while others will require a little reflection and adjustment on your part. The good news is, as we so often do in this community, we’re moving along in bite-sized pieces so you can make continuous improvement over time, and that adds up to big changes really quickly!

One more thing, just click to let me know which of these bugs you the most every week, so I know which you’re most excited to dig into:

Sleep ……. Food ……. Fitness ……. Not Enough Energy

 

Psst….if you haven’t yet joined the free Get Back an Hour of Your Day Challenge, you can sign up here – we start Monday.

Key #2: You have to commit but only a little bit.  (Miss Key #1?)

To make changes that make your life better, happier, and more balanced, you do need to commit some time.  Fortunately, just a little bit of time can make a big difference.  We often delay making changes because we don’t have the big chunk of time we think it will take to make those changes.  But the truth is, if your time is well-spent, you don’t need much time – if you have a plan.

In other words, if there is something about your day-to-day that you don’t like (or many things), if you feel overwhelmed, tired, constantly scrambling, and out of balance, you only need to commit a little bit of time each day/week to get yourself where you want to be.  If you have a plan, you can break it down into little pieces and carry it out over time.  The problem is, you need to have a plan, which means you need to have time to figure out how to analyze and fix the problem. [click to continue…]

As hectic as law practice can be, there are many ways to create space, find better balance, have more time, make every day better, and do a better job of enjoying being a lawyer.  Too often though, we’re too busy to make the changes we need to get there or to even stop and think about what needs to change and how.  It’s easy to get stuck in a loop of wanting things to change, setting goals, and saying “I wish..” or “If I could just…” or “Starting next month I will…” then getting frustrated at the lack of progress. [click to continue…]