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Too much to do, and then panic when there’s not enough

Written by Allison Wolf

George feels like he is perpetually under the gun and scrambling to meet deadlines and client demands.  Then suddenly he starts to see the end in sight, he is almost caught up, and it looks like there may be nothing much to do in a few weeks. Now George is panicking about not having enough work.  It’s a vicious cycle.

George is in good company! I have coached many lawyers who experience this same anxiety.

This month I collaborated on an article for lawyers on this topic with my colleague Terry Demeo, J.D., Keeping Calm: How Lawyers Can Successfully Navigate Slow Periods, published on the Clio blog.

You can read the full article here for tips on what to do when panic sets in, and also what to do to ensure against drought in your practice.

Terry and I are heading to the Clio Cloud Conference next week to coach conference attendees in the first ever legal conference Coach Zone.  Kudos to Clio for bringing coaching to the conference. If you are going to be attending the conference do drop by the coach zone!


About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and a lawyer coach with over a decade of experience helping clients overcome challenges and achieve success however they define it. In practice this can be many things from helping a law firm partner get more “dad time” with his young family, to coaching a lawyer on the business development strategy, skills, and implementation to grow her legal practice. 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 coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at or visit my website

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