Ep #122: How to Create False Urgency (So You Can Avoid Real Urgency)

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers with Paula Price | How to Create False Urgency (So You Can Avoid Real Urgency)

Do you ever wonder why things seem to run much more smoothly when you’re busy? Why do you easily knock things off your to-do list with precision and efficiency in periods of busyness? And why does it feel extra challenging to get things done when there isn’t the same sense of urgency?


If you have trouble getting focused when things in your practice slow down or when there isn’t an immediate time pressure, you are not alone. This is a real challenge that lawyers and other professionals experience when it comes to time management. The truth is, there’s a simple reason why we can’t be productive or motivated to take action unless there’s urgency, and this week, I’m showing you how to recalibrate your sense of urgency to flip the power dynamic.


Tune in this week to discover how to manufacture a false sense of urgency so you can avoid true urgency. I’m exploring how we rely on urgency as a cue to take action, what happens when we build a practice based on true urgency versus false urgency, and 4 strategies that will help you create an artificial sense of urgency that works as a natural motivator.



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What You’ll Learn from this Episode:
  • Why we struggle to get things done when we don’t have a sense of urgency.
  • What the motivational triad entails.
  • The reason allocating time for a task without urgency often doesn’t work.
  • How we train ourselves to use urgency as a cue to start tasks.
  • What happens when we rely on true urgency as a motivator.
  • How to use urgency as a spice, not a staple.
  • 4 strategies you can use to help create an artificial sense of urgency.
  • Caveats to keep in mind about urgency as a tool for time management.


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