Monday Morning Practice

Monday morning practice – When the going gets tough, the tough slow down

Written by Allison Wolf

My life is out of balance.

I worked last weekend. I worked this weekend.

I filled my professional plate with a lot of varied and wonderful deliverables, and making it to the finish line on time and in great shape on each of those is going to be… challenging.

In moments of weakness I think “there’s too much” and “I can’t waste a second” or even “how the f@%& will I get this all done!”

Then I come to my coaching senses, take a deep breath, and regroup. I think to myself “there is enough time – if I use it wisely.”

I remind myself that the worst thing I can do is focus on the anxiety-producing big list of commitments, and deadlines.

So instead, I update my project list, then slip out of the big picture into the here and now by focusing on “what do I want to get done today.”

I have taken pointers from Jill Farmer’s “The Case for Slowing Down”. Yes, I am working weekends, but not all weekend.

I am taking breaks, and breathers. I started the day slowly, and was out with the dogs on the beach until midday.

My life is out of balance and that is ok because I am getting slow moments amidst the rush, and pausing between the bursts of productivity.

Life is out of balance for me because it is full, and exciting, and I am challenging myself on multiple levels.

I know everyone of you reading this post is crazy busy too. So join me this week in the practice of doing one thing at a time.

Let’s take a look at the big picture then decide what needs to be done next, and do it. Without jumping in and out of email, the Internet, and phone calls.

And when we need to, let’s pause and recuperate, whether briefly or for a few hours, before diving back into the next one thing.

And remember we have time, let’s use it wisely.

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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