Procrastination is an avoidance behavior that can be a serious issue for lawyers. While it carries the stigma of lack of willpower or just plain laziness, procrastination can be a very distressing experience! Procrastination is the counterproductive act of voluntarily putting off essential tasks or actions until a later time, despite expecting to be worse off for the delay. It can impact the quality of your work and cause stress, guilt and a loss of productivity. It can also result in failure to meet standards of professional conduct and responsibility, and may lead to disciplinary action.
Ultimately, procrastination makes you feel out of control, which in turn only leads to more difficulties, as well as possible negative consequences from clients, colleagues and anxiety and feeling overwhelmed. It can also result in failure to meet standards of professional conduct and responsibility, and may lead to disciplinary action.
Create manageable windows of work time. Set up blocks of time lasting 30 minutes; during that time, work on one and only one task. Even the toughest job may feel bearable if managed in a structured way.
Lawyers, Anger and Anxiety: Dealing with the Stresses of the Legal Profession , Rebeccca Nerison
"Overcoming Attorney Procrastination", Daniel Roberts, J.D.
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