10/1/12 OK, OK, so I missed last week. You could have used that time to catch up on some of the other hints that you haven’t gotten done!!! UGH, so many coulds and shoulds in our lives.
So this week just plan and do something totally pleasurable. Get a massage, go to the beach, take your kids to the zoo, have a date with your partner or just spend a half of a day reading the latest best seller. JK Rawlings’ book is different and interesting. Let me know what you think.
We’ll be back to focusing on how to increase your practice next week……
9/17/12 It’s almost Autumn. Did you do one good thing for yourself last week? If not, try again this week. If you are having trouble doing this or something else in your life ( that you know you SHOULD be doing) begin to think about identifying the reason behind why you are not following through. Is it laziness? boredom? fear? too busy? or something else?
Start with a real examination of what is holding you back. Be brutally honest ( no one else has to know) and I’ll be giving more hints as how to get good habits to replace bad habits…..and having more fun and time for yourself while doing that. Have a GREAT week.
9/10/12 OK, today is the day you are going to make a plan to do one good thing for your health this week. Is that to exercise one more time per week? Cut down on desserts? Make a doctor’s appointment for a check up? Take the kids to the zoo? Take your partner to a special dinner? (yes that’s part of health too) or have a massage?
Write whatever you decide down in big letters and post it on the side of your computer. Then do it!
I have been reading a book about HABITS and will be sharing some of that information with you soon. Good Luck and Good Lawyering !!!
9/3/12 It’s Labor Day. So a small task today. Getting back to Linkedin, look on your contacts list in Outlook or whatever you keep it(please, not on a rolodex!). Hopefully you will have an “A”list, who are people who definately will refer to you and visa versa. Pick three names off that list and put them into Lindedin’s Quick Search. If they are also on Linkedin, connect with them. Be sure that you then note that connection on your contacts list. Mark them in your calendar to give each one a 10 minute phone call in the next month. Tell them something new you are doing or ask them what they have been up to. I guarantee success with this approach.
8/27/12 Do one more task before getting back to Linkedin. This is the week to have lunch or coffee with someone you haven’t seen or talked with in more than 6 months. Look at your A contact list and pick 2 people. See which one you can have lunch with. If both say yes, maybe put them together and have lunch with both. That way you get a free lunch…..get it? If not, email me for the answer…
8/20/12 I just found out that Lumosity site is NOT FREE. I hate that you start off thinking you are using a free site, they get you hooked and then you have to pay money to continue. I guess I don’t care enough about my brain to contine, especially when I feel ripped off, although it was fun.
So this week, let’s just go back to Linkedin and post one more endorsement for someone you like. Do it before they ask.
8/13/12 Let’s take a short break from Linkenin. Maybe you have forgotten but I once told you about Lumonsity.com which is free website where you can do short exercises each day to increase your brain power. I just started doing it and its really fun. I think attorneys will really like it. It is based on scientific proof that this stuff works. Give it a try……you’ll like it.
8/6/12 Let’s keep going with Connections in Linkedin. Looking at the Contacts Menu, click on Add Contacts. Then click on the tab for Alumni and you should see a list of schools you attended which appears on your Profile page.
Then click into one of the school’s name. This is usually your law school first. This will bring up a list of people who have identified in their profile on Linkedin that they also attended that school. You can also see the year they attended which should help to identified the meaningful ones to you. Click on Connect button and get going.
If you find someone who was a really good friend and haven’t seen in a long time, pick up the phone. This is a time to hook up with with people who also have put it out there that they want to network. A “hot”lead as we say…..
7/30/12 This week it is about importing your Outlook Contacts to Linkedin. Go to your L account and enter ADD CONNECTIONS tab. There is a link at the bottom labeled “import your destop contacts”. Click on link and it will ask you what fie you want to upload. You need to have done this previously so you have those you want imported grouped together. Then search for “exporting contacts” in the Outlook Help menu. It will guide you through. Use the Outlook format “comma-separated values (Windows) and create a logical name.
This will create a .csv file of your contacts. Go back to L and the “import your destop contacts” link. click into that and chose the .csv file that was created. Upload the file.
Next week we’ll talk more about how to use these contacts once you have them in place.
7/23/12 Another Linkedin task: Connections are very important on Linkedin because you need to narrow your scoop to people you can logically network with. One of the easiest ways to find old colleagues is to first list all the places you have worked in your profile. Than go to “Colleagues” tab and you will see those places listed. Click on “view all” for each place and locate the names of the people who presently have profiles on Linkedin. Click on the checked boxes in front of the names you want to send invitations. Then personalize your invitation to them. This way you can pick up quite a few old friends and target your network more efficiently.