"Too Busy to Notice You’re Too Busy"

Does this New York Times article sound like anyone you know? Yourself perhaps? "RECENTLY I’ve found myself annoyed by how busy my friends seem. Putting aside the possibility that they are avoiding me, some are so on the go that they barely have time to tell me they do not have time to talk. Every phone call, no matter how short, seems to be interrupted by several others. That is, of course, if I actually get a live person on the other end of the phone. [snip] "Edward M. Hallowell, a psychiatrist and author of CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked and About... Read more →

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"24 Time Management Tips"

These helpful, common-sense tips come from Beth Dargis, a certified life coach & simplicity consultant: "Planning is the best time saver there is. At the beginning of the week jot down your goals that you want to accomplish, fun things you want to do, work that needs to be done, and appointments to keep. Then write out a loose schedule for the week ahead, balancing it out between work, family, home, self and your other roles. [snip] "My weekly planning session usually takes less than thirty minutes. My planning session includes gathering my papers and going through the in-box to... Read more →

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"Who's afraid of the big, bad wolf?"

Surely not paralegals! People who work with lawyers every day? "Living in fear is living a life of mediocrity. Your fear may be of going back to school, networking with other professionals, job security or competency at work. Perhaps it is the fear of taking your career to the next level, as a paralegal student or a working professional. Whatever your fear may be, ask yourself if this fear is precluding you from achieving some of your goals in life or at work and paralyzing you to the point of stagnation. Are you afraid of the big, bad 'wolf'? "Goal... Read more →

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"Help, I’m Surrounded by Jerks"

If you're this unlucky, so sorry!, but help might be found in the books described below: "CERTAIN mortals have the power to sink hearts and sour moods with lightning speed. The hysterical colleague. The meddlesome neighbor. The crazy in-law. The explosive boss. A mélange of cantankerous individuals, they are united by a single achievement: They make life miserable. "You call them jerks, dolts and nitwits. Psychologists call them 'difficult people.' In fact they are difficult in so many ways that they have been classified into species like the Complainer, the Whiner and the Sniper, to name but three. [snip] "Two... Read more →

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"Virtual Workers Cut Overhead at Law Firm"

How often have you dreamed about working remotely for your law firm? "Like most firms, at Traverse Legal we constantly grapple with dilemmas about staffing. The uncertainty of workload always creates a serious quandary. Understaffing can fuel burnout, and can leave otherwise necessary billable work undone. It also can lead to client friction. How many times have your staffing problems caused partners to do associate level work, and/or associates to do legal research best handled by law clerks, and/or document summaries that could be handled by paralegals? [snip] "Offering virtual jobs helps us find capable workers. Virtual workers are often... Read more →

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Making Career Resolutions

Not completely happy with your current position? Well, here's a solid list of resolutions for changing your career: "If you're like most people, you have probably given some thought to New Year's resolutions and what you would like to achieve in 2007. "If you didn't gain weight over the holidays and have no vices to give up (or at least none that you want to give up), then you won't need to make traditional resolutions such as losing weight, getting in shape, or quitting smoking. But you can still resolve to improve your career. "In fact, January is the time... Read more →

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"Surviving the Holiday Office Party"

Office parties can be fun, but watch yourself, it's still work! "Yes, it's that time of year again; 'tis the season for the holiday office party. Holiday parties are typically held to thank employees for all their hard work and to try to motivate them to continue their efforts. Parties are also viewed as great opportunities for coworkers to mingle without pressure and develop camaraderie. If you dislike your company and the people you work with so much that you don't want to spend a few social hours with them, you are probably at the wrong job! "You can take... Read more →

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"Know your workplace obligations"

This article is from an IT perspective, but regardless of idustry, it's always good to know your obligations...& those of your manager: "Wouldn't it be nice if every boss came with a standard API [Application Programming Interface]? It would be so easy to look at the interface specifications and know exactly what he expected, in what format he expected it, when you should deliver it, what predictable events would result from your input and how you should handle error conditions. All the politics would go away. Those pesky emotions would become a nonissue. Success would become deterministic. "Sadly, it will... Read more →

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"How Many Lawyers Does It Take to Make You Sick?"

Yep, the answer to this question totally depends on the firm! Plaintiff: Amy Seiler Defendants: Harry J. Mulry Jr.; Gregory G. Shaub, doing business under the firm name Mulry & Shaub L.L.P. Accusation: A paralegal toils for a small law firm and gets bouts of "stomach distress, headaches and disagreeable fits of temper." Oh, and don't forget those "digestive upsets." "In a lawsuit [PDF] filed last week [11/16/2006] in Brooklyn Federal Court, Amy Seiler says her bosses at Mulry & Shaub in Port Washington negligently dragged their feet in hiring a replacement for an outgoing receptionist. And so for the... Read more →

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10 ways to train your boss

Such very helpful tips for advancing your career! "Takeaway: If your boss routinely ignores you, withholds praise, or offers little guidance or feedback, you might need to take action. IT pro Becky Roberts looks at some ways you can get your boss on the right track. "Got a lousy boss? Never gives you guidance or the praise you so richly deserve? Never takes you to lunch? Worse, do you sometimes get the impression that your boss doesn't even remember you exist? If you think there's nothing you can do about it, think again. Instead of wasting your energy whining to... Read more →

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