Time and Stress Management
365 Ways to Simplify Your Work Life (1996) (Table of Contents)
Would you like to have more time? Have a sense of satisfaction at the end of each day? Be able to go home feeling free from the pressures of the workplace? Help is on the way!
In our speeded-up lives, many of us go to workplaces rife with dissatisfactions, unrealistic expectations and frenetic changes. It’s no wonder a majority of working people—at least some of the time—feel tired, irritated, unsatisfied or unhappy. Even in the best work situations, the pace of change and the exponential growth of information can be the cause of stress, burnout or a sense that there’s no relief in sight. Until now!
Using these 365 proven tips, suggestions and practical ideas, you, too, can step back and find ways to simplify your work life.
500+ Steps to Becoming a Profitable, Happy, Efficient Law Office (1997)
Jay G. Foonberg
The list of 500+ questions is designed both as a set of goals for new lawyers beginning a law practice and as a check list for lawyers and firms who may think they already have gone as far as they need to go to have a well-managed happy profitable law firm. The list represents what Jay G. Foonberg believes to be the necessary steps to what an almost perfectly run law firm would have in place.
Business Competency for Lawyers (2006) (Table of Contents)
You don't need an MBA degree to run a law firm--but to be profitable, you need to know the basic business principles in this book. You will discover: -Planning for your success -Turning billable hours into collected cash -Building a more profitable firm -Thinking more creatively about The Business of Law.
The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Success (2009) (Table of Contents)
Reid F. Trautz
Busy lawyers do not have dozens of extra hours to conduct research looking for new tips and ideas to streamline and enhance their practice of law. They need just-in-time learning to acquire the knowledge necessary to build their practices. This convenient pocket guide is the best ever collection of practical tips, ideas, and techniques to help you survive, thrive, and find success in the practice of law.
Easy Self-Audits for the Busy Law Office (1999) (Table of Contents)
Nancy Byerly Jones
Nancy Byerly Jones has produced an easy-to-use, comprehensive book, Easy Self-Audits for the Busy Law Office. Nancy is the President of Nancy Byerly Jones and Associates, a company that provides management consulting, educational programming, leadership development, and mediation services for law firms. Based on years of work, including her pioneering role as Management Counsel and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Management Assistance Program for the North Carolina State Bar, and presently as an independent consultant and law firm advisor with Nancy Byerly Jones and Associates, she has developed these self-audits for busy practitioners. She recognizes that practicing lawyers do not have a lot of time to devote to in-depth management analysis. They need help that is accessible, simple, comprehensible, and most of all immediately helpful. The self-audits in this book accomplish all these objectives.
The Effective Associate Training Program (1999) (Table of Contents)
Austin G. Anderson and Arthur G. Greene
The ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the Bar is committed to offering lawyers, across the broad spectrum of the profession, quality CLE. Using a variety of formats, this continuing legal education helps enable lawyers to meet their professional goals, to better serve their clients, to meet MCLE requirements in those jurisdictions which mandate CLE and, in general, to raise the level of quality service in the profession. The Standing Committee recognizes, however, that stand-alone CLE can never fully replace the training and mentoring which law firms and corporations can offer their associates. We are therefore very pleased to bring you this manual, full of practical and valuable information and suggestions for blending CLE with in-house training of lawyers and for maintaining a strong plan for the professional development of lawyers which can guide young and new lawyers as they progress towards leadership roles in their workplace and in the profession.
The Essential Formbook Volume 3 (2003) (Table of Contents)
Gary A. Munneke and Anthony E. Davis
The purpose of this work is to help individual lawyers, and law firms of all sizes, accomplish a fundamental goal: to serve clients better. If there is a single skill critical to success, it is practice management. Effective practice management is necessary for competent delivery of legal service, and failure to establish methods for managing all aspects of the lawyer-client relationship can easily harm clients and lead to malpractice.
Lawyers should adopt systems for timely, efficient, and effective delivery of legal service. Among the systems that are critical to good practice management are controlling calendars and dockets, managing time and deadline, recording and retrieving client information, and managing finances, including billing, collections, financial records, and accounting for client funds.
Gender on Trial (2003) (Table of Contents)
At a time when overt sex discrimination is declining, persistent gender stereotypes still plague the legal workplace. This compelling and important book—based on extensive interviews with both men and women—creates an indelible portrait of a profession struggling with issues such as: the decline of traditional sexual harassment and the spread of underground tactics like “story making;” the “genderation gap” between older and younger attorneys on gender issues; the challenges for both males and females when women wield authority; subtle forms of “competency testing” of women by skeptical male colleagues; different ways of mentoring male and female attorneys; cynicism about alternative work schedules, because “real lawyers don’t work part time;” attitudes about motherhood, fatherhood and “being a good parent;” and much more.
Written about lawyers but relevant to virtually all professions, Gender on Trial: Sexual Stereotypes and Work/Life Balance in the Legal Workplace looks unflinchingly at behavior, intentional or not, that forces both men and women into outdated and unhealthy gender roles. It also examines the steps that can be taken, individually and systematically, to create a workplace free of gender bias.
Getting Things Done (2001) (Table of Contents)
In today’s world, yesterday’s methods just don’t work. Veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares his breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen’s premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective results and unleash out creative potential. From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done can transform the way you work and live, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.
The Lawyer’s Guide to Balancing Life and Work (2006) (Table of Contents)
George W. Kaufman
This updated and revised Second Edition is written specifically to help lawyers achieve professional and personal satisfaction in their career. Writing with warmth and seasoned wisdom, George Kaufman examines how the profession has changed over the last five years, then offers philosophical approaches, practical examples, and valuable exercises to help lawyers reconcile their goals and expectations with the realities and demands of the legal profession. Interactive exercises are provided throughout the text and on the accompanying CD to help you learn how to reclaim your life. New lawyers, seasoned veterans, and those who have personal relationships with lawyers will all benefit from this insightful book.
A Lawyer’s Guide to Healing (2006) (Table of Contents)
Don Carroll, J.D.
As director of the North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program, Don Carroll has helped hundreds of colleagues overcome addiction and depression. In this candid and insightful book, Carroll discusses addiction in general, how addiction affects lawyers specifically, and how recovery can help lawyers reclaim their professional and personal lives.
LawyerLife (2003) (Table of Contents)
Carl Horn III
Judge Horn discusses the daily problems facing today’s lawyers with a rare mixture of insight, compassion, and common sense…He takes the further steps to suggest specific life changes to make the stresses of any legal practice more bearable. Any lawyer, would-be lawyer, or lawyer’s spouse would benefit greatly from this book.
Let Go of Clutter (2001) (Table of Contents)
Maximize your life by minimizing what’s in it with Harriet Schechter’s tried-and-tested techniques for eliminating clutter. Harriet answers the question, “Why do I keep all this stuff?” and shows you how to let go of clutter—not just reorganize it.
Based on Harriet’s two decades of helping thousands of people worldwide get uncluttered, Let Go of Clutter explains why “stuff” seems so hard to let go of and demonstrates how to shed objects and information without anxiety or regret. This fresh approach to clearing our cluttered lives provides a painless process for letting go and shows you how to overcome future clutter by managing the innate urge to acquire and accumulate.
Life, Law, and the Pursuit of Balance (1996) (Table of Contents)
Jeffrey R. Simmons (Editor)
In this book you’ll find practical solutions to help you adjust those aspects of your life that are under your control, including: Starting your own firm or going solo; developing your own clients and practice areas; resolving conflict between career and family; changing jobs; and using support staff and technology to save time and improve your quality of life.
Life Makeovers (2002) (Table of Contents)
How often do you daydream about living a better life—a life that reflects more of you, your values and deepest desires? How many times have you come to the end of a busy week and toyed with the fantasy of packing a bag and leaving it all behind?
The “Life Makeover” program is a powerful year-long program for change. It is designed to support you in changing your life one week at a time. Each chapter consists of a topic of the week and contains a Take Action Challenge and a Resources section to support you in taking action quickly and easily.
Be prepared for your life to unfold in wonderful way. As you clean up the clutter, reconnect with your inner wisdom, strengthen your character, and take on the challenges of high-quality living, you’ll find that the lost parts of yourself start to come together to form a pretty amazing life!
Living with the Law (1997) (Table of Contents)
Julie M. Tamminen (Editor)
Offers specific techniques that can be incorporated into your daily life to help you control your responses to stress and anxiety. You’ll get insight and practical suggestions on time management, balancing work and family, and creating alternative work arrangements. Also included: advice on how to cope with serious problems such as severe depression and chemical abuse, plus an appendix with actual case studies.
Living Without Procrastination (1995) (Table of Contents)
M. Susan Roberts, Ph.D.
At one time or another, most of us put off a task that has to be done. But some, procrastination is a chronic and incapacitating problem that makes even the simplest day-to-day activities difficult to perform.
This interactive workbook helps readers understand why they procrastinate and learn how to stop the habit. Through real-life examples, worksheets, and self-assessment exercises, Living Without Procrastination lets readers identify their own personal “procrastination style” and provides a wealth of step-by-step techniques for unlearning unproductive patterns, overcoming resistance, and attaining a new sense of purposefulness in their lives. Individual chapters offer specific strategies for taking on issues related to procrastination in studying, at work, and at home.
Based on proven techniques and engagingly written, this is a comprehensive resource for self-motivation and change.
Never Enough (2008) (Table of Contents)
Michael J. Burke
Never Enough is the shocking, true story of Michael J. Burke, who went from being a successful lawyer, loving father and husband, and respected member of his community to a closet alcoholic and gambling addict to the tune of $1,600,000 using his client’s trust account funds.
Follow Michael Burke as he descends into his addictions, then must confess all to his family and clients. Then read about his arraignment, and the actual transcripts from his sentencing. Burke shares stories of his prison life, and the painful narrative of how his lies and deceit affected his family. In the last two chapters of this important book you’ll learn how you can identify a compulsive gambler, and what treatment options are available for this devastating disease. The appendix features comments Mr. Burke has received from many presentations he has made on the dangers of compulsive gambling, the letters to the court written by Michael Burke’s friends in the community before his sentencing, and a list of gambling addiction resources for each state.
Never Enough is a succinct, powerful book that will open your eyes to the reality of gambling and alcohol addiction and what it can do to any professional’s life—even in the happiest and most successful of situations.
Organizing from the Inside Out (2004) (Table of Contents)
Organizing From the Inside Out has helped hundreds of thousands of people clean up the clutter in their life. In this fully revised and updated second edition, Julie Morgenstern draws on her decades of experience as a professional organizer to offer a simple plan that starts with understanding your individual goals, natural habits, and psychological needs. As her passionate followers have learned, working with your priorities and personality rather than against them makes all the difference.
Morgenstern’s flexible, scalable three-step system—analyze, strategize, attack—can be applied to any space or situation, from an overstuffed handbag to an overflowing garage. So whether it’s a refrigerator cluttered with leftover mystery meals, a generation’s worth of family photographs, or the challenge of living or working with a disorganized person, Julie Morgenstern will show you how to handle it all.
Practical Systems (1991) (Table of Contents)
Charles R. Coulter
A system can be defined as a way of consistently producing a desired end result. A system is a process, method, or procedure that allows us to control various tasks to be performed. In a law office and elsewhere, a system is a documented, logical method or way of handling transactions, procedures, or work flow to minimize waste, conserve professional time, and optimize productivity.
Every law office uses many systems. Some are simple and informal; others are more sophisticated and complex.
The Procrastinator’s Handbook (2000) (Table of Contents)
Almost everyone procrastinates. For some it causes problems and strains relationships at home and at work. For most people, though, procrastination is a troublesome habit we would like to overcome. Rita Emmett will inspire you to get started. With humor and with advice drawn from her own triumph over procrastination and that of people she has met at her acclaimed seminars, she gives you proven tips and techniques for identifying how and why you put things off, motivating yourself to begin—and finish—unpleasant tasks, and organizing your time and efforts to achieve your goals.
Filled with useful advice and real-life stories of people who have overcome procrastination, and written with a winning touch, The Procrastinator’s Handbook is as entertaining as it is helpful and rewarding. After reading it, you’ll find that your self-esteem and your productivity grow.
The Reflective Counselor (2008)
F. Gregory Coffey and Maureen C. Kessler
The Reflective Counselor is a counterpoint to the non-stop, often narrowly focused days of many lawyers. It encourages lawyers to apply to their work, their work lives and their non-work lives—and the interaction among all of those—that crucially important human skill: self-reflection. The author’s backgrounds have equipped them uniquely to produce this extraordinary book.
Staying at Home, Staying in the Law (2008) (Table of Contents)
Many leave the legal profession on a temporary basis, because of illness, to raise a child, or simply pursue other interests. But does leaving the profession mean saying goodbye to your career? This book offers advice on everything from devising your transition plan and redefining your success , to staying active, and making money from home. Alternative full-time and part-time careers are discussed, including freelance writing, pro-bono opportunities, telework, and compressed workweek options. Finally, the book discusses how to transition smoothly back into the law, if you want to, and provides a helpful list of resources on the subject.
Stress Management for Lawyers—2nd edition (2007) (Table of Contents)
Amiram Elwork, Ph.D.
When you practice law, stress comes with the territory. Such stressors as time pressures, competition can rob you of a satisfying career and a fulfilling personal life. However, you don’t have to suffer in silence. You can take action!
Although there are many books about stress, this one is written specifically for lawyers. It outlines the reasons that law is one of the most stressful professions and presents self-help methods that are particularly appropriate for attorneys. Even the busiest of lawyers find it easy and useful to read.
Stress Management for Lawyers--3rd edition (2007) (Table of Contents)
Amiram Elwork, Ph.D.
Such stressors as time pressures, work overload, conflict, and difficult people can rob you of a satisfying career and personal life. It doesn't have to be that way, however. You can take effective action and this book, written specifically for lawyers, shows you how.
Surviving your Role as a Lawyer (1987) (Table of Contents)
Professor David H. Barber
In general, this book deals with how to reduce stress and improve productivity. I call the major concept involved Relaxed Attention, and the goal of these materials is to assist you to learn how to apply this concept. Relaxed Attention is a state of consciousness mid-way between a state of passive relaxation (which feels good by where it is impossible to work effectively) and tense, compulsive concentration (where working is also inefficient). As you master this concept I am confident that you will be able to improve your performance in every area of your life.
Take Time for Your Life (1999) (Table of Contents)
Packed with useful exercises, checklists, personal stories, and a wealth of resources, Cheryl Richardson’s program will who you how to step back, regain control, and make conscious decisions about the future you’d like to create. Take time for your life—and begin living a life that you love.
Time and Workplace Management for Lawyers (2013) (Table of Contents)
Dr. Amy L. Jarmon
Every day, lawyers face multiple deadlines, a sometimes dizzying array of projects that must be managed, and--inevitably--fires that must be put out before they rage out of control. Too easily, one can become overwhelmed or disheartened. Merely putting in more hours doesn't always help--and often there simply isn't enough hours in the day to deal with all these demands. Adopting a "survival" mentality, and merely battling on, dones little to mitigate the overload and leads to a highly stressful and personally unrewarding work life. Without food strategies in place for coping, many lawyers will never quite feel in control of their days.
Fortunately, Dr. Amy L. Jarmon provides those strategies, and can help you regain control over your demanding daily schedule--and let you befin to make time for a fulfilling and satisfying personal life.
This book is meant for both newer lawyers with less work experience, and more experienced lawyers who are simply seeking ways to be more productive.
Time Management for Attorneys (2008) (Table of Contents)
Mark Powers and Shawn McNalis
Poor time management habits lead to stress, frustration and a constant feeling of being out of control. It is possible for you to take control, gain more freedom and manage your time well…if you have the right tools and strategies at your disposal.
Compiled in this book are all the time-tested techniques we have learned over the years and put into an easy-to-use guide just for attorneys. In it are real-life examples, exercises, and client case studies and a CD containing over 50 practice-specific forms.
Time Management from the Inside Out (2004) (Table of Contents)
In this completely revised and updated second edition, Julie Morgenstern takes her groundbreaking from-the-inside-out approach to time management to a whole new level. Enhancing her proven three-step program—Analyze, Strategize, Attack—are invaluable new tools, tips, and exercises that will help you create a balanced life, one where you’re in control and satisfied with what you’ve accomplished at the end of every day. Even those struggling to keep their heads above water can take control of their time by following Morgenstern’s all-new quick-start program—a lifeline that offers the breathing room needed to approach the three-step program calmly and with confidence.
Whether you’re a working parent juggling the demands of a high-pressure job and raising kids, a busy entrepreneur who hopes to one day make time for a social life, or an artist who longs to find time for the work you love (not just the work that pays), Julie Morgenstern will show you how to make time for what’s really important—to you.
Who Moved my Cheese? (1998) (Table of Contents)
Spencer Johnson, M.D.
Who Moved My Cheese? is a simple parable that reveals profound truths about change. It is an amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a “Maze” and look for “Cheese” to nourish them and make them happy.
Two are mice named Sniff and Scurry. And two are “little people”—beings the size of mice who look and act a lot like people. Their names are Hem and Haw.
“Cheese” is a metaphor for what you want to have in life—whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money, a possession, health, or spiritual peace of mind.
And “The Maze” is where you look for what you want—the organization you work in, or the family or community you live in.
In the story, the characters are faced with unexpected change. Eventually, one of them deals with it successfully, and writes what he has learned from his experience on the maze walls.
When you come to see “The Handwriting on the Wall,” you can discover for yourself how to deal with change, so that you can enjoy less stress and more success (however you define it) in your work and in your life.
Written for all ages, the story takes less than an hour to read, but its unique insights can last for a lifetime.
Why Lawyers Should Eat Bananas (2000) (Table of Contents)
Are you: Working long and exhausting hours? Busting a gut over unprofitable clients? Reluctant to delegate? Lacking in self-confidence to promote your practice? Wishing there were 30 hours in the day? Suffering unhealthy stress levels? Not devoting enough time to your family and friends?
In this ground-breaking book, Simon Tupman offers 101 practical ideas to help you become a superstar lawyer with a life. In this book, you will discover: how to stay on top in the legal profession of the 21st century; how to work smarter, not harder; how to attract new business; how to bring out the best in your team and free up your time; how to promote yourself professionally; and ways to keep happy and healthy.
Plus: insights from 9 lawyers and ex-lawyers from around the globe.
Winning Alternatives to the Billable Hour (2008) (Table of Contents)
Mark A. Robertson and James A. Calloway
Your entire practice is based on doing battle for your clients. Unfortunately, the issues that arise when it comes to assessing the value of these protective and beneficial services are a source of contention for both yourself and your clients.
This newly revised third edition of the highly acclaimed Winning Alternatives to the Billable Hour: Strategies That Work, provides you with tools you can use in your practice to implement and evaluate alternative billing methods—including real case studies of lawyers and firms successfully using alternative billing to deliver value to both the client and the lawyer.
In addition to an appendix containing sample agreements, forms, proposals, and client letters, you’ll find topics addressed include: understanding the client’s perceptions of value; ethical rules and practices (covering most of the gray areas); interpreting and applying the “value curve”; how to build a billing method; integrating technology and alternative billing; developing a case and/or transaction plan; and evaluating alternative billing method results.
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Your Business and Your Life (2009) (Table of Contents)
Your career might have required a degree, but you never got an instruction manual for running your business and your life. Fortunately, Dr. Bill McCallister has written one for you.
Covering for important, but often overlooked, areas that many professionals struggle with daily--time and efficiency, burnout, management, and marketing--Your Business and Your Life offers practical information that can be used immediately.
Unusual for a business book, however, Dr. McCallister treats you like a colleague rather than a student being forced to endure a lecture. Having spent hundreds of hours counseling and coaching business professionals, he knows to skip the business school jargon and relate his concepts to real-world situations.
More than a how-to guide, Your Business and Your Life addresses the connection between personal and professional life, and offers strategies for finding happiness at work and at home.
Of course, it isn't always possible to remain happy and positive, just as it isn't possible to succeed at every endeavor. Thankfully, Dr. McCallister offers illuminating advice on how to find the light of new opportunities during the darkness of disaster.
With Your Business and Your Life you'll benefit from years of in-the-field experience and learn all the things they never taught you in school.