Posts Tagged ‘time management’

I am a panelist for this upcoming event: Healthy Eating Tips for Busy Lawyers on Thursday, January 12, 2012 from 9:00 am-10:30 am at the New York City Bar Association. Because the seminar is being sponsored by the bar association, it is geared toward lawyers. However, you don’t have to be a lawyer to attend and the information will be useful for anyone who is busy and trying to eat healthy despite a hectic schedule. The cost is $15 for bar association members and $25 for non-members.

I will be discussing the Ten Principles of a Healthy Diet. My co-panelists will also have great information to share.

Find all the details and register here.

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I have a hard time accepting this fact, mostly because there are so many things that I want to do. But every time I try to do too much, everything suffers. I get a lot done, but  nothing is done particularly well, and no matter how much I accomplish, there’s still a bunch of things that I didn’t accomplish, so even when I’m working really hard (and efficiently), I can sometimes feel like a slacker or failure or some other less-than word.

Now that I have a baby, it is becoming even more difficult to accomplish things (other than taking care of the baby, which I think is a huge accomplishment!). So I am reminded of a tool that I used in law school, another time when there were too many things to do and not enough time to do them all.

This tool involves priorities and ensuring that we focus on what is most important to us. It also recognizes that our priorities change as our challenges change. For example, for the last five weeks, I’ve been studying for the bar exam (took it last week!) so all my other priorities (other than the baby) fell to the wayside. Only the mandatory things were accomplished. No house cleaning, no exercising, no blogging, no shopping (other than for groceries), and no reading anything other than study materials.

My tool is low-tech and simple: I write my priorities on index cards, one on each card. Then I post them in the order of importance somewhere that I will see them every day, like on my desk or the bathroom mirror or inside the kitchen cabinet holding my coffee cups.

Right now, my priorities are

FAMILY – meaning my husband, daughter, and dogs

BAR APPLICATION – I must finish my application soon



VOLUNTEER WORK – meaning therapy dog work with Emily, Board of Ed, and the ABA

LEGAL – meaning a business plan & other legal work

For now, that’s the order. I’ll re-evaluate next month to see if I need to change the order. Everything on the list is important. If it’s not really important, then it doesn’t even make the list!

What will you write on your cards? And will you modify the tool to a more high tech version, like putting your list as your screensaver on your computer or wallpaper on your blackberry?

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I’ve been MIA for the last three weeks because I’ve been studying for and taking the Connecticut bar exam. It was Tuesday & Wednesday of this week. Now I’m studying for the ethics portion to take the test on March 5. I hope everyone is doing well and I’ll be in touch again as soon as these exams are behind me. Every day I think of things that I want to share with you, but since my time is so limited with my four month old daughter, I stop myself from blogging and instead study.

If you are really jonesing for some Daily Balance information, please look through my archives, by month, tag, or category, or search the blog for specific information.

Thanks for your patience, and wish me luck! I look forward to blogging daily for you soon!

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