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Enhancing Attorney Wellbeing: Learning How NOT to Build a New Habit

Read the full article at Thompson Reuters Legal Executive Institute

Here’s the great thing about habits, they make action almost effortless. When we open our inbox or pull out our phone, for instance, our fingers, mind, and body know exactly what to do. The emails, texts, and messages almost start to write themselves.

Here’s the bad thing about habits. The bad ones are hard to break, and the good ones are hard to build. If you’re like most people, you probably have a few ideas about some new habits you could build that would radically improve your work and your life. But you may have also found it challenging to turn these ideas into actual habits.

You may notice that the idea of a morning workout program, a daily meditation practice, a new diet, or a time for distraction-free work is easy. The daily practice is where it gets difficult.


Four Strategies for NOT Building a Habit

There’s a lot of talk these days about how to build habits,...

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Why We Suffer at Work

By Nate Klemp, PhD

Even as I write this post, I am conscious of my desire to be somebody.

I want you, the reader, to see me as intelligent, witty, deep, and impressive.  At the same time, I’m hoping that you also see me as humble and down to earth, like the kind of person you could grab a cup of coffee with and have a great conversation.

I don’t want you to see me as fake, superficial, uninformed, or full of myself. I don’t want you to say to yourself while reading this: “wow, this guy’s writing sucks” or “reading this post was a total waste of my time.” 

I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m not alone.  

Just think about how much time energy we all spend playing this game of being someone:  all the rehearsed comments, the time spent in front of the mirror each morning, or the effort that goes into projecting a self that seems polished, flawless, and unflappable. 

While the...

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Super-Charge Productivity With 24-Hour Work Oscillation Cycles

By Nate Klemp, PhD

Monotony is the enemy of productivity and innovation.  

And yet it’s so easy to slip into the trap of doing the same things, the same way, over and over.   We eat the same breakfast. We take the same commute. We face the same daily onslaught of texts and emails. We move through the day at the same pace.  Then we wake up and do it all over again.

The deeper I slip into this state, the more rigid I become, both in mind and body.  Mentally, I lose the big perspective of my life and business. Instead, I fixate on small logistical tasks like completing to-dos and getting through my inbox.

Physically, I experience the classic symptoms of white collar repetitive stress: a tight jaw, a stiff neck, and strain in my upper back.

The utter sameness of the average workday freezes the creative flow of the mind and body. Our thinking, our habits, and even our muscles harden.  


Melting The Ice of Ordinary Habit


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How I Burned Out – And How Mindfulness Brought Me Back

burnout mindfulness stress Aug 09, 2018

By Nate Klemp, PhD

10 years ago, I lived what appeared to be a perfect life.   I had recently married my high school sweetheart.  I was one year short of completing my PhD.  And I was on the fast track to realizing my dream of becoming a professor of political philosophy.

On paper, everything was perfect.  Marriage – check.  Friends – check.  Long list of academic degrees – check.     

But in my mind, everything was a mess.  The stress of grad school, a recent bike accident, and my own inability to navigate negative thoughts and emotions left me in a state of constant anxiety and unease.


Why Talk About Burnout?

I feel compelled to share this because we now hear so much about the science and statistics of burnout. We know that: 

  • 54% of physicians report symptoms of burnout (Mayo, 2015)
  • 8 in 10 Americans report being afflicted by the symptoms of...
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Practicing Compassion - One Email at a Time

Uncategorized Feb 26, 2018

Hi Friends,

A new approach to email:  XTmail.

We spend too much time ‘doing email’. Imagine if we all did our part to declutter everyone’s email inboxes! Sure, email is essential to communication – no argument here. There is a certain magic to immediately contacting and connecting near and far through just keystrokes. But, this convenience comes at a cost. In our zeal to be responsive and polite, ultimately, our emails add to inbox overflow and increase stress levels – becoming more noise in an already loud communication ecosystem. In fact, research shows that 70% of office emails spend only 6 seconds before being read.

What if we changed our behavior and email: What if we saw NOT sending an unnecessary email as an act of effective communication, kindness and compassion.

Imagine if we transformed the ordinary behavior of ‘doing email’ into an act of kindness that spreads love through our work, and ultimately increases wellbeing and...

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