Let Loose This Summer!

 

 

 

Attorneys work hard.

 

 

This is an incontrovertible truth.

 

 

If you happen to be one of those hardworking attorneys, it’s important that you take time to play hard as well. Striking balance between work and play can be difficult. It takes courage and a willingness to say “no” when the occasion calls. For instance, if you cannot handle taking on yet another case, it’s time to get real with your colleagues and let them know you’re overloaded.

 

 

An excellent attorney becomes only a “good” attorney when stretched too thin.

 

 

You want to maintain your status of excellence, so you need to be aware of what you can and cannot handle.

 

 

The main point here is: you are not a robot and you should not be treated as one.

 

 

That said, making sure that you let loose every now and then can be a healthy way to keep your excellence in check, and one of the best ways to do that is to take your vacation time.

 

 

There have been a number of studies backing up this idea. Vacation is considered by some researchers to be “recovery from work” – a vital period wherein we, as humans, take time to let our brains heal from constant overthinking and overstimulation. One study found that “repeated or prolonged physiological activation may disturb an organism’s precarious homeostatic (sympathetic – parasympathetic) balance which will manifest in chronic overactivity or inactivity of crucial bodily systems (e.g., the immune system).”

 

 

What does that mean?

 

 

No vacation = overactive immunity.

 

 

This is likely due to prolonged and chronic periods of stress without restful escape.

 

 

Another study by Canadian researchers Joudrey and Wallace reported that “active” leisure pursuits (such as golf!) and vacations helped buffer or decrease job stress among a sample of approximately 900 lawyers. Moreover, British researcher, Scott McCabe, has stated that vacations’ “personal benefits have been found to include: rest and recuperation from work; provision of new experiences leading to a broadening of horizons and the opportunity for learning and intercultural communication; promotion of peace and understanding; personal and social development; visiting friends and relatives; religious pilgrimage and health; and, subjective well-being”.

 

 

So, the next time you’re thinking about chucking the vacay for another 60 hours in the office, you might want to rethink that decision. After all, a well-rested, re-energized attorney is much better than a brain-dead, overly fatigued attorney.

 

 

Now close this article and go schedule your vacation, my friend!

 

 

 

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Keep Your Firm Top of Mind

 

Having a legal newsletter is a great way to keep your firm top of mind.

 

To be “top of mind” means that you and your firm remain fresh in your clients’ minds.  This is a good place to be, especially if a matter arises and your clients find they need legal assistance.  After all, if you’re at the top of your clients’ minds when something bad happens, you’ll likely be the first one they call to find a solution.

 

But how do you keep your firm top of mind without being annoying or spammy?

 

A good way to be memorable without coming off as salesy or pushy is to provide recurrent advice that will benefit your client.  This advice should always be geared towards helping them and should never come off as a pitch for business.  You want to be viewed as a skillful and practiced attorney with vast knowledge but also a caring individual who wants to do right by his/ her client.  This positive position will help convince your client that you are the right one to call when they need help down the road.

 

So what kind of advice can you provide that will benefit your client?

 

Select Court Reporters has a few ideas to help you drum up content that will not only help a client out, but also provide intelligence at appropriate times throughout the year:

 

January – March: 

 

 

  • Send your client reminders to start cleaning up their financials for tax season. Even if you’re not a tax attorney, that doesn’t mean you can’t provide them with a reminder.  You can also take the opportunity to refer them to a competent CPA.

 

  • Send your client a reminder to file their annual or periodic reports! Every year, states require businesses to file an annual or periodic report to remain registered with their Division of Corporations. Providing a gentle reminder to your client will help them keep their company in good standing and help you remain in their good graces.

 

 

April – June:

 

 

  • This is a time of year generally associated with rainy days. Sending your client information on water intrusion hazards and how to remedy defective construction is a great way to provide advice and information ahead of time so they know how to react should a similar issue arise.

 

 

July – September:

 

 

  • It’s summertime! That means your clients will likely be headed out of town on vacation.  Providing them with information regarding personal injury (in the event of an unforeseen accident) or even travel insurance can help them stay ahead of the game and take care of any necessities prior to travel.

 

 

October – December:

 

 

  • Holiday time is a great time to provide information on consumer protection. People do a lot of shopping at this time of year.  Cautioning your clients to take care of their credit – and their credit cards – is not only practical advice, it’s vital to helping them keep their accounts safe and their identity concealed.

 

 

Being known as a helpful attorney is great…but being labeled a reliable attorney who goes above and beyond for his/ her clients is supreme.  Providing beneficial advice via your legal newsletters is a professional and personable way to take care of clients.  It also seals your reputation as a go-to lawyer with a giving nature.

 

 

Going Green: How Mother Nature Can Make Your Law Firm Successful

 

 

It’s true – mother nature can make your firm more successful.

 

Here’s how:

 

There is a theory that, by incorporating nature into your daily life, you will improve workplace performance.  The theory is tied to the hypothesis of Biophilia – an idea that suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.  According to studies, incorporating elements of nature, even through artificial means, can improve well-being significantly. It decreases stress and increases the release of dopamine in the brain.  This positive stimulation creates a sense of happiness and employees are more inclined to want to be at work.

 

So, it would seem that bringing nature into the workplace on the daily can make you and your legal staff happier and more productive workers.

 

Could you ask for anything more?

 

Also, Biophilic design contributes to a greater sense of sustainability and will push you and your employees to be ever mindful of our planet.

 

When we are connected to Mother Nature – the greatest mother of all – we care about what happens to her.

 

This will urge firms to be more renewable and embrace a system that maintains cleanliness in the office (i.e. far less paperwork to sift through) and supports our environment.

 

Examples of Biophilic design include:

 

  • Wide windows that provide plenty of natural light and a connection to the sun
  • Areas of “shade” that provide breaks from too much sunlight
  • Nature sounds, such as falling rain or wind in the trees
  • Aged wood with a noticeable patina
  • Rocks and geodes assembled in a natural formation
  • Mathematical patterns – such as fractals – in simple variations (not too overbearing)
  • Natural or artificial plants in designated areas

 

Try incorporating a few (or all) of these elements into your office and see if it improves your workflow and productivity.  At the very least, being surrounded by natural elements will provide a sense of calm and serenity as you work, which can lead to better concentration and improved cognition.

 

 

Select Court Reporters is proud to work with attorneys throughout Central Florida. We provide exemplary legal support to law firms in Orlando, Winter Park, Maitland, Oviedo, Winter Springs, Apopka, Kissimmee, Winter Garden, Clermont, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, etc.

 

Contact us today to discuss your priorities and legal support needs.

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Email: selectcourtreporters@gmail.com

 

 

The Half-Point Pivot: Switching Law Types Mid-Stride

 

Ever reach a point where you just…hit a wall?

 

We’re speaking metaphorically, of course, but say you’ve been working on a case or in a particular type of law for a while and suddenly you look up and it’s like the Shawshank Redemption—there’s fifteen feet of concrete around you and you’ve got nothing but a rock hammer to chisel your way out.

 

You feel closed in, obstructed, and totally confounded.

And you think to yourself: how the heck did I get here?

More importantly, can I get out?

 

 

Yes, you can. Other people have done it, my friend.

 

Case in point—Brian Clark, founder of Rainmaker Digital (formerly Copyblogger Media).

 

This is a guy who, one day, decided that working as an associate in the bowels of a Big Firm just didn’t work for him.  So, he left said Big Firm and hung out a shingle.

 

A virtual shingle.

 

Clark started writing email newsletters with a legal spin. He focused primarily on real estate, eventually building up a fairly decent following.

 

And from that pool of followers, he picked up a few clients.

 

And then a few more.

 

And before he knew it, the question of whether Clark could make a living was moot.  He was able to choose the various clients he wanted to take on.  His business was thriving, and all because he recognized what wasn’t working for him and took strides to make a change. This change ultimately led Clark to realize that, while he may not make the best associate, he did make a fantastic entrepreneurial lawyer—someone focused on the business aspect of the practice of law.

 

 

This type of “half-point pivot” is available to anyone and everyone. It simply takes guts and a willingness to think outside of the legal box you’re currently living in.  It also takes vision.  You have to be willing and able to look at yourself and determine whether you’re meant for a specific type of law.

 

For those of you who have already chosen one, you may have noticed that what you thought would be just isn’t. Maybe you’ve discovered that being a Maritime Lawyer doesn’t stroke your inner desire to argue and perhaps you should have gone with being a litigator instead. Maybe the way you practice law within your current field or industry just doesn’t live up to the hopes and dreams you once had, and likely still have.

 

If you are that person, this article is for you.

 

Making a switch—or pivoting mid-stride—is very brave. Not only will it serve you personally, it will also serve the law firm you are currently working for.  Truth be told, lawyers who do not enjoy their jobs don’t put forth the same kind of effort that lawyers who do. This isn’t a judgment, it’s science.  Studies show that employees who are unhappy or only slightly content with their career are less productive than their happier colleagues.  It makes sense, if you think about it. When you were a child and you wanted to play, yet your mother or father made you stay inside to clean your room, the results were more than likely sub-par. The spirit in which the cleaning was done was mediocre at best, and the same can be said for doing a job you only marginally enjoy. While you might do a “good job” and get things done on time, imagine if you were working in a type of law that serves you and your personality. Your work ethic and the results would be far superior!

 

But how can you make this kind of switch so far into the game?

 

By realizing that you control the game.  Changing the type of law you practice mid-stride might seem like starting over, but you’ll really be building on the things you’ve learned thus far.  Working in an industry you don’t like isn’t fruitless. It is a powerful tool that, when utilized properly, can help you create a law practice you love.

 

When you know what you don’t like you can better navigate towards the things that you do.  Use your current dissatisfaction as a springboard.  Use it to plot out a flight plan that will land you where you are truly meant to be—working in a type of law that plays to your strengths and stirs your heart…

 

 


“Happiness is a garden walled with glass: there’s no way in or out. In Paradise there are no stories, because there are no journeys. It’s loss and regret and misery and yearning that drive the story forward, along its twisted road.”

Margaret Atwood

 


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