Procrastination in the Time of COVID

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Do you find yourself avoiding work? Feeling anxious or stressed? Dreading what you might read in emails or hear in voicemails?

You are experiencing procrastination. And possibly depression. With the upheaval COVID has brought to our lives, getting up in the morning may feel challenging.

Understanding and addressing procrastination is difficult. One of the better explanations appeared in a post on The Productive Mindset:

  • Procrastination is not a time-management problem.
  • Procrastinators often have anxiety or doubts about their abilities, or about the perception others have of their abilities.
  • Many procrastinators would prefer others think they lack drive instead of providing the opportunity for others to question their capabilities.
  • Underlying fear of failure or fear of success is common among procrastinators.
  • Depression and procrastination go hand-in-hand.

Fear, Anxiety, and Doubt

While the original Mindset post is no longer available, Googling “the psychology and behaviors of procrastination” reinforces that fear, anxiety, and doubt are major players here. Factor in a major life change – like a pandemic – and the stress ratchets up threefold.

Does This Sound Like You?

  1. Do you put off taking care of important things to the point of jeopardizing relationships, career, finances, or health?
  2. Do you put off doing what you need to do until a crisis develops?
  3. Do you put off doing tasks unless you can do them perfectly or until you can find the perfect time to do them?
  4. Do you hesitate taking necessary action because you fear change?
  5. Do you think about things you’d like to do but rarely get around to doing them?
  6. Do you believe that projects or tasks will somehow take care of themselves?
  7. Do you overcommit yourself?
  8. Do you tend to do only what you want to do instead of what you should do?
  9. Do you tend to do only what you think you should do instead of what you want to do?

Adapted from It’s About Time, by Dr. Linda Sapadin with Jack Maguire [Procrastination Self Test.]

Ending the Paralysis and Self Sabotage

We all procrastinate occasionally. But if putting things off is affecting your practice, home life, health, or finances – don’t struggle alone. Oregon lawyers are encouraged to contact an Attorney Counselor at the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program (OAAP) any time for help with this issue. The OAAP is free and confidential. They are an excellent resource if you are experiencing depression, which is often the real story behind procrastination.

You can read more about the paralysis of procrastination here.

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Federal District Court Draws Distinction Between Disciplinary and Malpractice Defense in Coverage Decision

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Professional liability policies for lawyers and law firms often distinguish between disciplinary and malpractice defense. Some don’t cover disciplinary defense or, if they do, include a much lower coverage limit. A recent decision from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington underscored the practical impact of the distinction between disciplinary and malpractice coverage.

Chochrane v. American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Company, 2020 WL 3798928 (W.D. Wash. July 7, 2020) (unpublished), was a coverage action by a lawyer against her carrier. The lawyer’s professional liability policy included coverage for disciplinary matters—but the limit was only $10,000. A grievance had been filed against the lawyer. No separate litigation for malpractice, however, was involved. Although the disciplinary matter was eventually dismissed, the lawyer incurred substantially more than the $10,000 limit in fees and costs in her defense. Because a part of the grievance included allegations of malpractice, the lawyer argued that her carrier should cover the expenses above the $10,000 limit. The carrier declined and the lawyer brought a coverage case against the carrier.

via Fine Print: Federal District Court Distinguishes Disciplinary and Malpractice Defense in Coverage Decision — NWSidebar

Learn about Oregon’s Professional Liability Fund Primary Coverage plan here.

eFile and Serve: Answers to FAQ and Webinar Recording

ICYMI, a recording of the Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) eFile & Serve webinar is available on YouTube. The webinar covered:

  • File & Serve upgrade
  • eSignatures by nonfilers
  • Filer certifications and retention requirements
  • eFiling exhibits for remote trials/hearings
    • Filing requirements
    • Bookmarking a PDF
    • Creating a linked index
  • eFiling pointers
  • Resources for technical support and questions

View the slides on my post from April 13 or access a downloadable PDF here.

Q & A Session – eFile & Serve

Here are the answers and questions from the program

Thanks again to OJD Assistant General Counsel Sam Dupree for doing this! Download a PDF of the Q & A here.

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Help with Working from Home

Now that you’re working from home, you might have a few questions on your mind. Perhaps you’re thinking about:

Using technology effectively
Managing your time and avoiding procrastination
Getting paid
Working with clients who are under stress
Operating your trust account remotely
Streamlining office systems
Sharing and storing electronic client files

How can you get answers quickly and efficiently?

Watch a CLE webcast.

From now through June 1, 2020 save 25% on all orders placed through my On Demand CLE store. Select the Buy Now button for any CLE, enter the discount code WFH and choose Apply.

Choose from 16 Titles

Details

All programs are current and accredited by the Oregon State Bar.  Visit my online store for details. Every discounted CLE purchase includes: MP4 download (combined audio and video file), M4a download (audio only), written program materials with presentation slides and resources, and answers to polling questions asked during the live CLE.

Still Have Questions?

Ask me! Send your questions through my confidential, private contact form at no charge. I’m happy to help.

Suggestions about Future CLE Topics?

I’d love to have them. Use my confidential, private contact form and send me your requests.

Stay safe!

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eFile and Serve Webinar from OJD

Below are the slides from the eFile & Serve webinar offered by the Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) last week. This webinar covers the following:

  • File & Serve upgrade
  • eSignatures by nonfilers
  • Filer certifications and retention requirements
  • eFiling exhibits for remote trials/hearings
    • Filing requirements
    • Bookmarking a PDF
    • Creating a linked index
  • eFiling pointers
  • Resources for technical support and questions

Did you miss the OJD webinars? Recordings will be available shortly.

Many thanks to Sam Dupree for doing this! A downloadable PDF of the slides may be found here.

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