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(Webinar slides) Simple Lessons to Improve Your Law Practice and Your Life

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Is it possible to improve your law practice and your life at the same time?Yes! You really can increase your productivity and improve your practice and your life. Every day, lawyers help to change their clients’ lives for the better. But all too often, you can lose sight of this reality and get caught up in your hectic daily routine.
Now, it’s time for you to change your life for the better.
Join MyCase and Nora Bergman, law firm business coach and author of “50 Lessons for Lawyers,” for a free legal webinar: “Simple Lessons to Improve Your Law Practice and Your Life.”

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(Webinar slides) Simple Lessons to Improve Your Law Practice and Your Life

  1. 1. Productivity for Lawyers Simple Lessons to Improve Your Law Practice and Your Life #lessonsforlawyers Nora Riva Bergman, J.D.
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  4. 4. About Our Presenter Presenter ‣ Certified Atticus Practice Advisor ‣ Licensed attorney, former bar executive ‣ Author ‣ Taught at Stetson Law School ‣ Loves traveling, great food, great wine ‣ Life before law? Guitar player and singer 5
  5. 5. How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. – Annie Dillard This is your life. Are you living it or is it living you?
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  7. 7. 8 Today will be different.
  8. 8. It’s not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? – Henry David Thoreau TANSTATM. There ain’t no such thing as time management. 1.
  9. 9. 10 Health.com reports that “people who work more than 10 hours a day are about 60 percent more likely to develop heart disease or have a heart attack than pe ople who clock just seven hours a day.”
  10. 10. 11 THE PAINFUL REALITY Adrenaline Addiction
  11. 11. 12 Locus of Control
  12. 12. 13 External Locus of Control Internal Locus of Control
  13. 13. 14 External Locus of Control • Others control my destiny. • There is nothing I can do. • I had no choice. • Why bother? THINGS HAPPEN TO YOU.
  14. 14. 15 Internal Locus of Control • I control my destiny. • I make things happen. • I can determine my future. • I can choose how to respond. YOU MAKE THINGS HAPPEN.
  15. 15. 16 “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” - Dr. Seuss
  16. 16. 17 Live in Your Calendar
  17. 17. 18 LIVING THE LESSON• Change your “time management” mindset. Think in terms of “self-management.” • Increase your internal locus of control. • LIVE IN YOUR CALENDAR – NOT YOUR INBOX.
  18. 18. To be prepared is half the victory. – Miguel de Cervantes Get in the habit of planning.2.
  19. 19. Things which Matter Most MUST never be at the mercy of things which Matter least. - Goethe
  20. 20. “Predeciding should help a person protect goal pursuit from tempting distractions, bad habits, or competing goals.” – From The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working Start Predeciding
  21. 21. LIVING THE LESSON • Schedule 30 minutes in your calendar for weekly planning. • Include your key support person in your planning session. • Schedule time in your calendar during the coming week to actually do the work associated with those deadlines and due dates.
  22. 22. Squirrels are not your friends. – Nora Riva Bergman Learn to manage needless interruptions, or you’ll never be able to focus on anything. 3.
  23. 23. The average knowledge worker is interrupted EVERY 8 MINUTES.
  24. 24. It can take your brain 20 MINUTES to recover from an interruption.
  25. 25. 240 Hours or Six 40-Hour Weeks
  26. 26. Studies show that a person who is interrupted takes 50 percent longer to accomplish a task. Not only that, he or she makes up to 50 percent more errors. From Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
  27. 27. Strive to eliminate NEEDLESS INTERRUPTIONS.
  28. 28. LIVING THE LESSON • Notice where your interruptions are coming from. • Keep an Interruption Log. • Are interruptions internal or external? Pay attention. • Schedule focus time when you will not be interrupted.
  29. 29. People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything. – Thomas Sowell Put an end to “lurk and blurt.”4.
  30. 30. Huddle! Stand-up meetings. Keep them short. 10 minutes max.
  31. 31. LIVING THE LESSON • Huddle with your team every day. • Be prepared. Be on time. Be brief. • THE THREE QUESTIONS: 1. What are the top 3 things you’re working on today? 2. Are there any obstacles in your way? 3. What questions have you brought to the huddle?
  32. 32. Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. – Ovid, 43 B.C. – 17 A.D. Take a break!5.
  33. 33. • Get up and move! • Change your view. • Sip ice water. • Add some humor or inspiration. • Deepen and relax your breathing. How to Take a Break
  34. 34. A word (or two) about mindfulness.
  35. 35. The neuroscience of mindfulness.
  36. 36. 38 Mindfulness is not about stopping thoughts.
  37. 37. Benefits of Mindfulness It lowers stress and reduces anxiety. It increases self awareness. It protects against depression. It boosts your immune system. It helps you sleep better. It lowers blood pressure. It improves cognition. It reduces internal distractions.• https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeenacho/2016/07/14/10-scientifically-proven-benefits-of-mindfulness-and-meditation/#2eb8de2363ce • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/mindfulness-meditation-benefits-health_n_3016045.html
  38. 38. LIVING THE LESSON • Take breaks throughout the day. • Don’t sit for more than 30 minutes. • Add some humor or inspiration. • Experiment with mindfulness. • Headspace, Aura, Meditation Oasis
  39. 39. START NOW.
  40. 40. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” - Karen Lamb
  41. 41. www.reallifepractice.com nora@reallifepractice.com nora@atticusonline.com 866.662.0993 MyCase www.MyCase.com support@mycase.com 800-571-8062 Contact Nora 43
  42. 42. Thank you 44

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