Work At Rest

I had the pleasure of speaking to several attorneys the other day about the challenges facing those professionals who work in small groups or solo practice and how they can grow their business while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As with most small business owners, their major occupational hazard is the full consumption that is required of them to wear multiple hats from marketing director to service deliverer to billing coordinator. We discussed their time pressures and I shared with them the idea that managing energy instead of trying to manage time is a more effective strategy to getting work done. After all, we can’t add any time to our day but we can replenish our energy allowing us to work Read More

The Five Kinds of Fitness

I was laid out on my sofa last weekend and found myself drifting off for a little nap. In a bit of time I awoke and felt nicely refreshed. I thanked myself for that quick little workout and got on about my business. Most of us think of workouts as going to the gym, getting on the treadmill, setting a 10 degree incline and finding the right pace to get our heart rate elevated. We might also work out with weights, take a Zumba class, and schedule ourselves in for a yoga session. All these and a few others fit into the five categories of fitness that we want to shoot for to obtain an overall fitness level and which Read More

Extended Celebrations

I’m a big one for extended celebrations and if I run into you anytime during the month of January, there is a good chance that I’ll be wishing you a Happy New Year. I like extending New Year’s thinking out into the month so that it relieves the urgency to have to come up with “resolutions” around how I’ll do things differently this year and instead provides an opportunity to reflect on the year past and plan for all of 2017. I like to start by asking myself some questions: What brought me deep satisfaction and enjoyment this past year? What challenges did I overcome and from which I grew stronger and what did I learn from them? What would Read More

The Silver Bullet

We spent the New Year’s weekend at Esalen Institute, a retreat center located on the Big Sur coast in California, one of the most beautiful places in the world. We attended a mindfulness and meditation workshop conducted by a Stanford professor and researcher who led us through a series of sitting and walking mindfulness exercises. Although I’ve meditated in the past, I was surprised at how easily I was able to sustain the practice of mindfulness during the elongated weekend sessions. Between sessions, our teacher shared about the science of mindfulness and described how the calming effect of the exercises shifts our thinking from the automatic response of the stress reaction to one in which we can stop and consider Read More