Managing Self

Procrastinate much?

Written by Allison Wolf

This month the Canadian Bar Association  National Magazine features an article by lawyer Carolynne Burkholder-James with tips to reduce procrastination in legal practice.  Here’s an excerpt:

As a busy lawyer with an overflowing to-do list, it can be easy to put off tasks to another day. But procrastination is not a good habit to fall into.

The key for new lawyers is to learn the skills to help you manage your practice as efficiently as possible, says Allison Wolf, president of Shift Works Strategic Inc., a lawyer coaching service based in British Columbia.

“A strong practice management foundation will help you get your work done in good order and not be fighting fires that you have created yourself, ” she says. “Law is challenging enough without getting in your own way.”

Wolf has some tips for lawyers on how to avoid procrastination…

You can read the full article here.


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.

1 Comment

  • Helpful article for me, thank you for the link! For me the biggest problem is interruptions. Once I lose track due to being interrupted it’s so easy to think “I can finish this later.” And of course later is the last day of the month with three hours to go!

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