Work|Life Balance

This new year pick up one new positive habit

Here’s a question to ponder: what are the good habits that support your success?  And in 2013 what is one habit you would like to add?

Yesterday I asked this question of a lawyer I coach and she shared with me a number of new habits she has developed this year to improve her productivity at work, and to support her in making time for her top priorities.  Here are a few of the habits that she has established in her practice:

1. She, like a number of other lawyers I coach, has started to use Evernote for checklists and notes.  She finds it simple to use, and the synching function between all her computers and digital media means she can access her notes any time and anywhere.

2. She has now established the habit of maintaining a list of her priority tasks for the current day and next day.

3. She gets all her deadlines into her calendar.

Her new habit for 2013 will be an increased focus on blocking out time for email and avoiding the mind-numbing shuffle between email and project work.

My new habit for 2013 will be getting up earlier so that I have time to write each morning.

What new positive habit do you want to acquire in 2013?


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.