Managing Self Monday Morning Practice

Monday Morning practice – Think again!

Written by Allison Wolf

Beneath so many life challenges from clearing out the basement to improving productivity, lie the thinking traps that get us stuck in delay, procrastination, or simply do-it-later-itis.

Here are five versions of one simple I’ll get around to it later thinking trap that has major implications for our productivity:

I need a dedicated block of time for this task.

There’s not enough time for it now.

I will find time for it when I am not so busy.

That’s too big a project to start right now, and it’s not due right away anyway.

I just don’t have the capacity to deal with that now.

Yes, wouldn’t it be nice if all of a sudden a huge block of time with no clients and no deadlines opened up in your calendar. And we all know how often that happens!

Here’s what it important to know. Big projects are best tackled, initially, with some small steps.  My April article for was all about getting free of the thinking traps that are holding you back. You can read it here.

Bottom line?  Break your large projects into small, actionable next steps.  For the basement, start by sorting through one box and getting rid of or recycling what you don’t need. For productivity in the office, get moving on big projects earlier with small actionable next steps to get the ball rolling.  Even a ten minute investment in “getting started” can have a significant impact.  I use this strategy every day, and it is a life saver. Try it today!


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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