Canadian Lawyer

May 2020

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54 FEATURES MOTIVATION this period, and I definitely don't answer emails. But if I arrive at work feeling less than inspired, I give myself permission to do something else — as long as it fits within my three focus areas. Instead of writing and problem-solving, I can read articles or books on these topics, meet with a product team or watch a lecture. All that thinking and exploring soon makes me feel more engaged. Once I'm engaged, I come up with better ideas. And good ideas inspire me to take action. This process isn't accidental. It's a simple feedback loop I use to get moving on days when my brain feels stuck in neutral. Remember that motivation is optional In a 2016 article for The Cut, author Melissa Dahl wrote that "the only motiva- tional advice anyone has ever needed [is] you don't have to feel like getting something done Your feelings don't have to match your actions — especially when you truly want to move forward

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