Ep #140: Billable Hours and the 5 D’s of Docketing

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers with Paula Price | Billable Hours and the 5 D's of Docketing

How do you currently record your billable hours, and how does your process make you feel?

 

The lawyers I work with often commit to a solid docketing practice at the beginning of the year, only to find themselves slipping and playing catch-up by this point in January. They tell me that recording their timesheets feels more challenging than it needs to be, and they find it a painful process that stirs up feelings of dread, resistance, and resentment, leading them to drag their feet.

 

Ep #139: Boundaries for Lawyers with Bena Stock

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers with Paula Price | Boundaries for Lawyers with Bena Stock

Boundaries tend to be a novel issue for many lawyers practicing in today’s world. In a profession mired in a culture of achievement and excellence, you’re not alone if the notion of setting and upholding boundaries feels scary, but the truth is it’s more important than you might think.

 

Bena Stock is a litigator-turned-counselor for lawyers and the founder of The Lawyer Mindset. Among the many issues she helps lawyers overcome, she’s also been teaching lawyers how to set boundaries for over six years. She’s here today to walk us through how to set boundaries in environments where it’s particularly challenging, and why reinforcing your boundaries matters.

 

Ep #138: A Novel Twist on Choosing Your Word of the Year

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers with Paula Price | A Novel Twist on Choosing Your Word of the Year

One of my favorite New Year’s traditions is to set a word of the year, a practice I’ve maintained every year since becoming a coach. This process revolves around casting a vision for the energy, decisions, and goals you’ll pursue throughout the year, serving as an incredibly helpful guide and anchor.

 

The word-of-the-year process typically involves choosing an aspirational word. However, there will inevitably be some days when we can’t fully embody the word we’ve chosen. This can lead us to feel a lack of connection to the word and, eventually, give up on it completely.

 

Ep #137: A Business Plan for Lawyers

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers with Paula Price | A Business Plan for Lawyers

The promise of a New Year is an exciting time, and it’s the perfect opportunity to begin mapping out your future. It’s one of the most satisfying ways to use your time and there’s nothing I love more than writing out a plan, so to get you started, I’m helping you craft a business plan for your practice on this episode.

 

This episode will help you tweak your plan for 2024 if you already have one, or will provide lots of great suggestions if you haven’t already created one. If you want to make it to the end of 2024 with the results you’re envisioning right now, clarity and focus are essential, and a business plan is your path there.

 

Ep #136: Sustainable Success in the New Year

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers with Paula Price | Sustainable Success in the New Year

Now that we’re in the thick of the Holidays, you’re probably starting to turn your mind to next year. What would you most like to create in 2024? How do you go about achieving your goals? And do you want to be challenged, but want someone else to lead you through the process? 

 

This week, I’m sharing a webinar that I delivered earlier this month on how to create sustainable success in 2024. You are in the perfect position to participate now that the new year is just around the corner, and if you’re ready for 2024 to be your milestone year, listen closely and answer the prompts I’m offering you today.

 

Ep #135: When the Going Gets Tough, Choose Compassion

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers with Paula Price | When the Going Gets Tough, Choose Compassion

All of us have real lives and real problems that exist in and out of our careers. Mix that in with the particularly challenging time the world is going through right now, and you might be feeling extremely overwhelmed, isolated, or heartbroken. But the unfortunate reality is that the world doesn’t stop for us when we’re dealing with challenging circumstances.

 

That’s why this week, I’m making a case for extending compassion to you and those around you. The Holidays can be a particularly rough time for many of us for several reasons. If you’re struggling in your personal or professional life and you’re trying to keep up appearances, but feel like your best isn’t good enough, embracing compassion is a choice you get to make, and I’m inviting you to try it this Holiday season.

 

Ep #134: Lessons Learned in 2023

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers with Paula Price | Lessons Learned in 2023

2024 is right around the corner, which means a promise of a fresh start and a clean slate. The closing of any chapter, whether it’s a year, project, or phase of life, is the perfect time to perform a reflection practice, and I’m sharing mine with you this week.

 

Approaching the end of one year often means we’re beginning to think ahead to the next. If you, like me, have been in action mode throughout 2023, pausing to step back and reflect is vital so you can plan in a smarter way for what’s to come. 

 

Ep #133: Closing the Gap Between Good on Paper and Feeling Good

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers with Paula Price | Closing the Gap between Good on Paper and Feeling Good

You may feel like you have worked hard to create a life that looks great on paper, but it feels like something is missing.

 

You may be in a position where you have the career, title, material comforts, partner, and children—or any number of things you always dreamed of having. However, instead of feeling like you’ve arrived, you find it’s not actually what you want. In fact, you might even feel trapped by the life you’ve created.

 

Ep #132: Breaking the Habit of Procrastination

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers with Paula Price | Breaking the Habit of Procrastination

Where do you see yourself having the habit of procrastinating? Procrastination is a problem many lawyers face that comes in all shapes and sizes. If you don’t know how you even got to this place where procrastination has become involuntary, this week, you’ll learn how to bring consciousness to what is often an unconscious habit.

 

Whether it’s putting off sending an email, drafting an argument, or working out, we all understand that there are painful consequences that come with the habit of procrastination. Why, then, is that not enough to motivate us to take action? And how can we learn to break up with the habit of procrastination for good?

 

Ep #131: Set Boundaries and Reclaim Your Time

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers with Paula Price | Set Boundaries and Reclaim Your Time

Do you feel uneasy about what’s on your calendar right now? What are you currently making time for? Is it aligned with what you truly want in your professional and personal life? How can you become more confident in the choices you make as it relates to your time?

 

This week’s content is based on a workshop I recently ran with my mastermind group about time and boundaries. We often talk about creating work-life balance and identifying the boundaries that we need to set up between those two worlds. However, it’s not uncommon to feel out of control when it comes to prioritizing and protecting what’s most important to us.