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Productivity Tips

10 Hacks for Beating Procrastination

By | Oct.09.17 | No Comments

Ninety-five percent of us procrastinate. That’s what professor Piers Steel reported in his book “The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done.” So, the question isn’t whether we procrastinate. …Continue reading »


Time Management

Regaining Command of Email

By | Aug.14.17 | No Comments

Email is the global de facto communication standard. Business use of email continues to grow. Email is also a hybrid form of communication — a written form used conversationally. This hybrid nature, coupled with habits …Continue reading »


Group Productivity

Seven Steps to Productive Meetings

By | Nov.21.16 | 1 Comment

Meetings are the most expensive periods of time we spend together. Try, for example, adding up the loaded employee cost of a simple weekly status meeting. Your answer will make it immediately clear why meetings need …Continue reading »


The Friday Five

A Lawyer Leader’s Secret Weapon: Emotions

By | Aug.05.16 | 1 Comment

Don’t fall prey to the notion that people get paid to perform. The reality is that people get paid to show up and do work. How well they perform is largely related to how they …Continue reading »


Work-Life Balance

Time Is Your Most Precious Resource

By | Feb.15.16 | No Comments

Making the most of your time — your most precious resource — results in a truly balanced life: You enjoy your work life and you enjoy your personal life. What lawyers do is hard. No …Continue reading »


Productivity Tips

Brain Fun: Work Smarter, Not Harder

By | Oct.14.15 | No Comments

Good ideas come from all sorts of unlikely places. A Walgreens insert in a recent Sunday paper contained a list of ways to make our brains healthier and more productive. A few of the recommendations …Continue reading »


Productivity Tip

The Simplest Steps to Beat Back Email

By | Aug.13.15 | No Comments

Email use continues its upward climb. The Radicati Group recently reported that email use is growing at 5 percent per year and will do so through 2019. Though growth is slowing, the existing volume makes …Continue reading »


Four Brain Games

Be Smart, Take Breaks for Peak Performance

By | May.04.15 | No Comments

The mind is not a marathon runner. It’s a sprinter. When you push it too long, decision fatigue sets in and performance suffers. Filling the mental energy tank back up is easy. Just take a break. Think …Continue reading »


The Friday Five

Five Ways to Leverage Silence

By | Feb.13.15 | 2 Comments

The modern world is a raucous symphony of noise. The squawks and pings of mobile devices are only the latest additions to a cacophony of rings, bells, announcements, conversations and other noises producing distractions, even …Continue reading »


Time Management

Finishing: The Second Hardest Thing

By | Aug.02.12 | No Comments

The deal is done. The case is tried. It’s over—now you can go home and rest. Tomorrow, you’ll clean up this mess. Repeat. Soon, though, colleagues begin to comment about the federal disaster area your office has become. …Continue reading »