It's Wednesday. Has anyone ever written a song about this drag of a day? The songs don't say "easy as [Wednesday] morning," and no one "gets down on [Wednesday]." Wednesday is the most hated day of the week for a reason, as there are still two more days of work left before you are free.
Getting amped mid-week can be hard. But you need to. There are emails to return and a mountain of research and/or paperwork sitting right there, looking at you. So, here are a few sources of short-term and long-term motivation to jump-start your mid-week mind.
Get a Soundtrack
Nothin' gets these blogging fingers moving like some good music. Because tastes vary so much, we'll suggest a couple of music services, Spotify and Pandora, that will allow you to listen to music for free and legally. Both even have web players, so there is no need to download software onto your work computer. Spotify lets you pick songs or albums from it's massive catalog. Pandora creates radio stations, which is great for a hands-off approach.
And if that fails, there's always Kelly Rowland:
Disrupt an Industry
The term is clichÃ©d, but if there is any industry that needs a shakeup, it's ours. Labor surplus, services shortage (for rural and low-income individuals), and a woeful lack of technological innovation.
If you think you've got the next big industry-shifting idea, take a look at our coverage of the #ReinventLaw movement, and perhaps listen to one of their TED-like recorded talks. That'll blow your week wide open.
$0 to $1,000,000 in Two Years
Okay, get rich quick schemes are mostly a load of crap. But we took the advice from an article about an entrepreneur that founded a credit card processing company, and went from a broke Sears employee to a millionaire in two years, and framed that advice in terms of the legal field, in a two-part series (Part I and Part II).
Supercharge Your Productivity (Counter-Intuitively)
Twenty-hour days, eighty-hour work weeks, and multi-tasking at all times are a recipe for failure. In our post on counter-intuitive ways to increase your productivity, we looked at some of the best ways to maximize your productivity, and stay sane, without killing yourself with BigLaw-like hours.
Take a Nap
Need a mid-afternoon recharge? Cat naps, or quick fifteen-minute naps, reset the system and make you more alert. Thirty to sixty minute naps help decision-making. Bump it to 90 minutes for creative problem-solving. We discussed the benefits of a quick nap, and how to implement them in your firm (without the sexual harassment claims) in a post early this year.
- Generation Gap: How Does Stress Affect You? (FindLaw's Strategist Blog)
- 5 Ways to Relax on a Fretful Friday (FindLaw's Strategist)
- Quarter-Life Crisis: Tips for the 'New Lost Generation' (FindLaw's Greedy Associates Blog)