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Five Ways to Make Your Days Better

Sometimes your day is cruising happily along. Then some bump in the road — or a major pothole — comes along to derail you from the easy life. And then there are days when everything seems to go wrong all day long. Life isn't always easy, but ...

Jamie Spannhake - June 22, 2018
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How Do You Combat Mental Gremlins?

I have a group of mental gremlins that live in my head. Other people I know call their gremlins “the girls” or “the committee.” These are the voices in my head that tell me I suck at everything. Do you have a name for yours? When my gremlins ...

Ruth Carter - February 27, 2018
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Five Ways to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Pandemic or not, our clients don’t stop needing us. As a lawyer and mother, I often say, “I don’t have time to be sick!” As we all know, without your health, nothing else matters: You cannot work, take care of clients, be there for your family, ...

Jamie Spannhake - February 23, 2018
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Lawyers with ADD: A Problem or an Advantage?

In my work as a psychologist, most lawyers and law students who talk to me about their attention-deficit disorder or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are typically under a fair amount of stress due to their symptoms. Most people see ...

Shawn Healy - February 19, 2018
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What’s an Active Workstation?

Remember the clickbait headline, "Sitting Is the New Smoking"? One of the latest iterations of the perennial office ergonomics conversation, it helped give rise to the notion of an "active workstation." I wish the headline jibed with reality. It ...

Luigi Benetton - January 12, 2018

Five Best Fit Tips to Take into the New Year

Now is the time that we reflect on our successes and failures of the past year — both professionally and personally — and plan for the upcoming year, setting goals for ourselves, our firms and our practices. As I think about 2017, I see many ...

Jamie Spannhake - December 29, 2017

Four Productivity Building Blocks of Effective, Efficient and Happy Lawyers

Recently I posed this question to lawyers: “Why are you at the office until 10 p.m.?” Many lawyers fail to structure their days in a manner ...

Jay Harrington - December 26, 2017
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Addicts Can Be High-Functioning: What Lawyers Need to Know

They say, “work hard, play hard.” Unfortunately, this adage may normalize workplace behavior that can be very dangerous. In fact, a 2015 study found that workaholics are more likely to drink in excess than their peers. At many major firms, ...

Eric Webber - December 14, 2017

In Search of a Perfect Record: The Price of Trying to Be ‘The Best’

In the competitive world of law, it is not uncommon to feel (consciously or unconsciously) that failure is not an option. However, the quest for perfection is a double-edged sword. While striving toward it can motivate us to improve, perfection ...

Shawn Healy - November 20, 2017

Five Steps to Confront Burnout, Addiction and Depression

There’s no denying it: Lawyers have the highest behavioral impairment rate of any profession. Research has shown it, and it is spotlighted in the media, as in a recent New York Times feature on a lawyer who tragically spiraled into addiction ...

Link Christin - September 15, 2017