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Hi ladies! We started this bowl because a few of us recently took new positions in the midst of COVID and are struggling with WFH. Here’s my story, please share yours! Just moved to a new country and joined a big local firm as a junior. I am a chronic procrastinator and I think it’s because I have low self-confidence, esp. with my writing style. Accountability is key to my productivity, and unless I’m micromanaged, I struggle to self-discipline. Will be sharing resources and tips in next post!

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Efficient productivity has always been a struggle for me. It was such a constant point at my reviews at my old firm that I felt like they just expected inefficiency from me and nothing I did would change that perception. I lateraled at the end of February and hoped the switch would be a new start. And it was! For three weeks. Then the pandemic hit, and it’s been a slow slide downhill from there. My ADHD gives me something called “time blindness.” My internal clock is broken. I can’t tell if I’m billing 200+ every month because I have that much work or if I’m overbilling on everything.

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I’m in to exact same boat, thanks for making this group. Editing to be more specific - same boat with struggling with productivity. I’ve been at my firm for 4 years (after spending 4 years at another firm) and am about a year away from being up for partner. I have literally never been able to hit my minimum hour requirement at either firm but have been ok because my work product is good and people like me. My hours are down now despite having plenty of work to do, I just can’t force myself to do it until I’m totally under the gun and sometimes even then it’s not enough to motivate me. I’m also really distracted by the election and the news cycle, and spending too much time reading articles and twitter updates on that. I also take meds for adhd and anxiety/depression (prozac) and just asked my psychiatrist to increase the prozac in hopes that it will help me care less about the election etc and focus on work. My psychiatrist also got pretty stern with me and said I need to do better or I’m going to ruin my life 😳 which I think was a little harsh but maybe that is what I needed to hear.

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I wasn’t diagnosed until my first year of working, so after law school and the bar exam, etc. I wish I had seen someone earlier but managed to make it through until then.

Totally get that. I went from a firm to a company in house after years as a litigator. I felt I was thriving and loving the office and meeting new people, especially in legal. I feel my work has tapered off at least in terms of organization and following the rules for keeping current on certain admin items. I’m super backed up because there is no visibility until back in office. Tough to stay on top of those small takes.

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I’m struggling with procrastination and motivation more than ever with wfh. I was only diagnosed w adhd a few years ago, so while meds were a revelation, I never developed healthy coping mechanisms or habits and have such a hard time with self-discipline. I live for the days when something is given to me that needs to get done ASAP/or I’m collaborating with others on something, because when I have a solo project with plenty of time (brief, letter, call, whatever) I simply do not get it done until the last minute or later. I’ve gotten into a cycle of a few lazy weeks where I get little done followed by a few insanely busy and stressful weeks when all the shit I’ve let go hits the fan and I’m pulling all semi-all-nighters to make it work last minute/late. Not sure how much I am getting away with but it’s only getting worse. What’s extra annoying is that I’m pretty sure the firm I’m at sucks (have not been there long) and that some of the partners undervalued me from the beginning, in turn killing my confidence. But it’s hard to gauge what is the firm’s fault and what’s mine since I don’t know where the firm’s issues end and mine begin.

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So relatable. Those awful days before the deadline following weeks of procrastination are what I try to think about when I can’t get myself to work. I write down what it felt like and what I would have told myself if I could rewind. I read it again when I struggle. It sometimes works

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