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[quote by Seth Godin]

Use public wifi? Here’s what you need to know, to do so safely. (This topic came up in yesterday’s cloud workshop, which reminded me that it’s easy to be lazy when using public wifi. Don’t.)

Spread a little cheer, and send a nice card to your clients, referral sources, and others who support your success throughout the year.

Even better — attach your lovely card to a yummy gift.

Spend some time over the holidays relaxing with a thought-provoking book. Any one of these will fit the bill.

You need downtime. You need to plan for the downtime. Why? Well, “research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity.”

Gmail’s new Inbox app needs to come to Google Apps before I’m a total convert, but reminders are one reason I really like it.

How does your office measure up as the perfect workspace? (I see a new year’s resolution opportunity here for many lawyers I know …)

Take a few minutes to listen to this quite excellent conversation between Seth Godin and Krista Tippett; Seth’s thoughts on marketing are relevant to lawyers, too. (And if you’re not listening to On Being on a regular basis, I strongly suggest you start doing so.)

The easy way to download YouTube videos.

A to X Writing Advice. good reminders, here.

Links I like is a semi-regular Friday feature on Inspired Law Blog, and like all other posts, is written by Caitlin (Cat) Moon [MA, JD], a consultant and coach to lawyers and other driven people who want to design inspired ways to work.

links i like. june 27, 2014 edition.

A method for beating procrastination. (It shares many attributes with my agile process.)

Here’s another way to kick procrastination’s ass.

A must-read for anyone who feels constantly behind: escaping the time scarcity trap.

Use Evernote? Have an iPhone? Check out these apps for getting content into Evernote even faster.

Want Google to forget you in search results? Visit forget.me.

I rely on Alfred (app for Mac) to get things done, more easily and more quickly, every day. Go here for a beginner’s guide on how you can, too.

How to go from working 60 hours a week to 40 by sending two emails a week. Why not try?

How to make hard choices. [TED talk. Lawyers, especially unhappy ones, should watch this.]

Take fewer photos. Make more memories.

The most important rule about productivity.

Loving what you get paid for.

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I’m consumed with workflow this week. So much so that the it’s inspired a transformation of the whole iLawPractice enterprise. More on that soon.

In the meantime, some links I like. About workflow and progress:

This post on A List Apart about prototyping workflows goes directly to issues we all have when trying to iterate and improve on our workflows.

One of my newest obsessions: Kanban. I’m a visual thinker and this simply rings lots of bells for me. I can see its application in so many areas apropos to the practice of law.

Turns out that progress is about ebb and flow. Not an orderly ascension. <Imagine this makes a few folks kind of uncomfortable.>

Effective workflow is a very personal thing. This guy spent a year trying different methods of productivity to tweak his workflow. Here are the 10 top things he learned.

Apparently the average working person spends 28% of the day dealing with email. Egads! Perhaps a more disciplined approach to email can help?

How, where, when you work — all part of the many choices we make. I like Seth’s advice.

How to get stuff done, and avoid burn out, in three steps.

And what to do if you’re already experiencing burn out. Sadly, I know many folks who should read this. Maybe they’re reading this post, too.

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Are you present? If not, you could be screwing up. It’s easier than you think. Like, 3 seconds easy.

This contradicts much of what I was taught (which, admittedly, wasn’t much) in law school about negotiation: emotions matter and you should use them.

Another something that law school completely missed. Seriously, this matters. The Importance of Kindness (George Saunders).

Nearly half of consumers visiting websites judge a site’s credibility based on DESIGN.

I’m an Amazon addict. Not a fan of its user interface. [I fall in with those who judge on design.] Now I use Canopy. Ahhh.

Do you engage in self-improvement porn? This is for you. How to take action. And stop fantasizing about taking action.

How folks handle email befuddles me on a daily basis. We can all use a little reminder about email etiquette.

And while we’re on the subject of email … here are 5 ways to write better ones, and get more replies.

Seven ways to bore the hell out of people [online]. Yep.

Set a date. And once you set it, stick to it. Valuable advice on so many levels.

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What’s not here?

Want to surf the ‘net in stealth mode? Check out this fast and secure way to search privately.

It’s finally here. And here are five things you need to know about Microsoft Office for iPad.

Use Gmail? Worried about the NSA snooping through your emails? Here’s what Google is doing to thwart the snooping.

For anyone who stares at a computer screen much of the day (like many lawyers I know, myself included), consider using this app (for both Mac and Windows) designed to ease the eye strain.

No matter where you buy e-books, it’s possible to read them in one place. Here’s how. Very helpful for e-book addicts like me.

I’ve ditched Box for Google Drive, perhaps for good. I’m currently exploring the many things I can do with Drive, that I couldn’t with Box.

Try this one-minute hack to grow your Twitter following organically.

Your website copy probably needs reworking. (Mine does.) Schedule some time to rewrite. (I am.) Read this first. It will help you turn bland text into sparkling content.

being yourself.

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For 16 years, I’ve been trying to figure out this law practice thing. Some days go very well. Other days, not so much. There are many reasons why this is so, many of which ultimately have nothing to do with anything I can control.

But this I know: being myself always results in the days that go very well.

There are more than 1.25 MILLION lawyers in this country. There are likely 100s if not 1000s in your immediate area who do pretty much exactly what you do. Most of whom do it pretty well.

The only thing you’ve really got? What makes you you. It is your differentiating factor, your unique selling proposition, your je ne sais quoi. It’s what makes you not like everyone else.

Don’t discount this. Instead, think about how you can really emphasize those things that make you you — and in the process make you a better lawyer for the right client.

Because here’s the thing: you enjoy your work more and you do the best work when you’re working with the right client. The client who appreciates you for you, and all that you bring to the work.

There are more clients than you can possibly serve, who want exactly what you have to offer. So be yourself. And you will attract exactly those clients.

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Pretend it’s Friday. This week’s links? Words of wisdom from Seth. I think we think these ideas don’t apply to us. They do.

The links:

Accuracy, resiliency, and denial – where are you on this spectrum? No doubt we lawyers are guilty of making the two mistakes. I really hope you read and embrace this.

Who are your clients? This is gold, people.

Is your practice worth talking about? If not, then why bother?

Are you building gradually, to avoid the surprise of suddenly?

Could the point be more spot-on?

When you define the category, when the category is you and you alone, your marketing issues tend to disappear. This scares the hell out of most lawyers. Think of the advantage this affords those who are not afraid. Hmmm …

What works? A query significantly more important than what’s new.

Reading really good stuff is a really good way to keep moving forward. Add these books to the top of your reading list.