Balance Managing Self Monday Morning Practice

Monday Morning Practice – Pause and reflect to protect your time and priorities

Written by Allison Wolf

The Monday Morning practice for this week is inspired by Lori Chavat’s article of Friday last week about putting a halt to the shoulds. If you missed it, read it here.

This week watch what you are letting creep into your schedule and your life. When someone comes to you with a request your inner taskmaster thinks you “should do” take one simple step: pause.

The purpose of the pause is to consider, is this really something I want to do? Does it make sense to do it considering other priorities and projects on the go?

And as Chavat suggests, ask yourself “If I do this, what am I giving up?”

This week listen to the answer to these questions and choose to say “no” when this makes sense.

You might find as Chavat did that “the world continued to spin and I was not I deemed an unworthy colleague, a partner, or a friend when I chose to say “no”.

About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and one of the most senior coaches for lawyers in North America. I have helped countless clients over the past fifteen years, develop thriving legal practices and before that served as director of marketing for award-winning law firms. My specialty is uncovering the thinking traps and gaps holding clients back and helping them acquire the mindsets, skills, and habits for growing successful and rewarding legal careers. After a career in legal marketing and business development with law firms in Beijing, New York, and Vancouver, I was trained as a coach in 2004 at Royal Roads University and now coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at or learn more about my coaching practice from the coaching section of the Attorney With A Life Website.

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