Monday Morning Practice Time Wellness

Monday Morning Practice – The Power of the Pause

Written by Allison Wolf

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

As I write this Monday morning practice, I can hear the rain coming down, and my dogs quietly breathing as they lie curled up in bed. I am thinking about pausing. About how, for me, the best ideas, the insights, don’t come at my desk but after I have taken a break.

Last week I took time to enjoy a cup of tea with my wife in the afternoon and had a breakthrough idea for a training program. A commercial litigator recently told me he has his best ideas after a run.  I think all of us benefit greatly when we take opportunities to pause.

Our powerful brains do their best work when we allow them some space to simply do their thing. When does your brain give you the best ideas?

This week’s practice is a simple one about noticing. Notice when you pause, when you take a break from productivity, and what this brings for you.

Weave some intentional pauses into the day and notice what this brings.

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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