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All About the Flow

This post goes back a few years now.  I have pinned it so readers can come back and read it as many times as necessary during these troubling times:

Below is an excerpt from a book that Emily, my 17 year old daughter, picked up titled: The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie:

Letting Go of Fear

Picture yourself swimming — floating — peacefully down a gentle stream.  All you need to do is breathe, relax and go with the flow.

Suddenly you become conscious of your situation. Frightened, overwhelmed with “what if’s?” your body tenses. You begin to thrash around, frantically looking for something to grab on to.

You panic so hard you start to go under. Then you remember — you’re working too hard at this. You don’t need to panic. All you need to do is breathe, relax, and go with the flow.  You won’t drown.

Panic is our greatest enemy.

We don’t need to become desperate. If overwhelming problems appear in our life, we need to stop struggling.  We can tread water for a bit, until our equilibrium returns.  Then we can go back to floating peacefully down the gentle stream.  It is our stream. It is a safe stream. Our course has been charted. All is well.

Today, I will relax, breathe, and go with the flow.

I am having the above printed and will be mounting it on the wall by my desk – in direct line of site  — just above and behind my monitor.

I have long called the craziness of modern day digital life not a battle to gain balance, but to control the flow. I  am also constantly reminding myself, clients and colleagues to breathe. We all get so caught up in the flow, we forget we have tools to help.  There is my D-A-F-T™ and other tools available to help office professionals better control the flow of work and thereby improve on life.

Mostly, however, we forget that we are absolutely in control of how much we allow the digital to invade our lives. All. The. Time.  You can turn it all off (and not miss out on a thing).

In fact, rather than missing out on some digital tidbit of some far away “friend” on Facebook, perhaps you’ll seize that moment to sit with your daughter and ask: “Hey!  What cha reading?” … and, in that ever so beautiful voice, be rewarded with the quote above.

Pick a day and turn off the digital. You (and those around you) deserve it. The flow will still be here when you’re ready to dive on back in <-I’ll even save the Swan float for ya!  Oh. Unless it’s a Sunday – then you can save it for me (I’ll be back Monday morning).

Happy 2019 – Old + New = Happy

Happy 2019 to all my readers!  I am so happy to have you with me on my journey as a business owner and personal productivity coach. It has been one heck of a ride since I filed my d/b/a in April 2001 and used an email blast to announce to the world that LegalTypist was open for business.  Just a few milestones I celebrate this year include:

  • Still enjoying that LegalTypist services the very first firm to hire her 18 years ago.

Through ups and downs, hires and fires; the ability to scale and to be there when needed or because no one else can be found or is willing are just a few of the reasons clients say they love LegalTypist. If you do not yet have an account with LegalTypist, and are a practicing attorney – go now and open one: http://www.legaltypist.com – be sure to put “Andrea’s blog” as referral so you get all kinds of things for free!

  • It’s my 10th year attending and reporting on LegalTech NY

From the days of guerilla marketing with my bro Vinny; and now as media I will, once again, be touring the LTNY Expo Hall on the snuffle for the best technology and brands for use by those in the practice of law.   I will also be checking out several of the educational and networking sessions in the hopes meeting as many new people (and hugging as many old friends) as I can!  If you are going to be at LTNY, let me know so (a) I can get ya on the twitter list; and (b) we can coordinate a time/spot to meet up.

  • It’s the first time LegalTypist is participating in a trade show.

From January 15-17, 2019, I am constrained to a 10 x 10 spot in the New York Hilton as LegalTypist participates in the New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting Expo.  I can hear a lot of you thinking:  she’s been in business 18 years, been reporting and attending trade shows for 10 years but has never had a table?!  That’s right. This is my FIRST show.

Back in the day, you had to pick – did you want to speak and be considered an expert by those in attendance; or did you want to show and be seen as a service. I chose option A and  worked very, very hard to become a good public speaker who created valuable content.  Many of you know of my journey as a ToastMaster to get over the crushing physical reaction I had when in front of an audience.  When I was asked to speak at ABA TechShow 2013, I considered it the pinnacle of career. The reality turned out to be 3 18 hour days and the realization that the ABA had far too much money in the bank for me to be volunteering anything!

Since realizing there is a reason why most practicing attorneys scrunch their noses when you mention the ABA, I began to realize just how horribly the organizations that teach attorneys are run.  Overstaffed by far – there’s a committee for every decision, yet oddly, no one is in charge (but the volunteers)<- who mention they have to get approval from the ABA.  One HUGE circle jerk and they are all in there circling and jerking!

That’s why I’m going full steam on what I can control – the Virtual Bar Association is my baby and reflect how I believe an organization purporting to assist attorneys should be run.  If you work at a law office – go join: http://www.virtualbarassociation.com  – best dang $10 you’ll ever spend!

Taking Charge 2018

 

I’m just back from Atlanta and speaking for the GA State Bar on productivity and the web.  Wanted to post a few pix and say thanks to Natalie Kelly – the Law Practice Management advisor for the GA Bar who asked me to travel down and experience a little Southern hospitality while helping her members figure out ways to do things better, faster …. even be stronger given the awesome wellness track. Bravo to Natalie and her team for putting together such a fabulous event to help GA lawyers (and their staff)!

Fellow headliners included Brett Burney, ediscovery expert and all around geeky Mac guy and Rochelle Washington, a practice management advisor for the Washington DC Bar.  Both brought a lot of energy and a ton of practical information to the event.


Seriously, if you work at a law firm and/or are a solo and are at/in/around Atlanta – get yourself to next year’s GA State Bar Solo and Small Firm Institute (Sept 27-28, 2019) and if you are a service or person who helps law firms – you want to be a part of this dynamic and growing event so get in touch with Natalie and let her know you’re in for 2019!