By Lisa Caplan
I have learned many things from working with attorneys, but one common message I hear is that when they procrastinate it leads to anxiety, which then leads to more procrastinating, and the cycle continues. This is definitely not unique to lawyers. It’s easy to get caught up in this pattern, so here are some tips on how to get off the procrastination merry-go-round.
It makes sense that procrastination increases anxiety. We typically procrastinate on tasks that we are unsure of, because we don’t know how or where to begin. When we feel uncertain we can become nervous, anxious and overwhelmed. Most people don’t like uncertainty, but lawyers, especially those with type A personalities, have even less tolerance for uncertainty.
Tips to handle procrastination:
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Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C, has over 20 years’ experience in her field, and extensive experience working with lawyers and judges in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and trauma. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, rock climbing, paddle boarding, and training for triathlon sprints.
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