Although I will be talking Superbowl commercials later today, I also wanted to sneak in a Two for Tuesday. The theme for today’s tips is "Get inspired." A lot of us kick off the year in high spirits, feeling motivated to start new projects and make this "our year." February can bring some doldrums, with the dreary weather (I love snow, but we had just rain and ice yesterday, very depressing) and still short days. 

So here are a couple of ways you can help to shake things up a bit: 

  1. Follow two new blogs: There are some really smart people out there, and the internet brings us all closer together every day. I recommend seeking out two new blogs to add to your reader – one of them should be from within the legal industry, while the other one should be from outside. Why outside? Reading what people are doing in other industries can help us to be more creative, and can spark some ideas that we might not have thought of if we limit ourselves to only those conversations happening within legal. 

    They can be totally out of the box too – maybe it’s just a fun blog that you read because you’re personally interested in the subject matter, and it has nothing to do with your professional life. Anything that stretches our minds helps us to grow as people (and subsequently, as professionals). 

    And, obviously, adding another blog from inside your industry can give you a new perspective on the things you’re looking at every day. Since there is a lot of diversity here in terms of what you might be interested in, rather than give you suggestions for which blogs to read, I’ll recommend that you reach out to colleagues and friends to see what they’re reading, and take a look. 
     

  2. Read a book: I love to read, and this is another way to shake things up and get inspired. Read a fiction book that gives your mind a break from the day to day – a break that’s enough to allow the creative juices to flow when you get back to concentrating on your professional work. Read something inspirational that makes you think. I’m challenging you to take one hour a week (can be all at once, or a few minutes here and there) to read a book. 

    If you’re not sure what to read, get recommendations from friends and colleagues. At the moment, I’m reading Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor, which is quite heavy reading. But it engages a different part of my mind than I’m using professionally. 

    If you’re like me, you have a hard time shutting off your brain even when you’re not at work – it often takes me a long time to fall asleep, because I’m thinking of my to do list, new ideas that I want to try out, people I need to remember to follow up with, and more. I spend a not-insignificant amount of time thinking about my work. And because of that, I can often be too close to it to come up with the best way to tackle a project. Reading can give me that mental break, where I’m totally focused on something else for long enough to return to my work with a fresh eye. 

So this week, look for two new blogs and a new book to give you some fresh perspective and a mental break! 

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Lindsay Griffiths is the International Lawyers Network’s Executive Director. In this capacity, Ms. Griffiths is responsible for the oversight and management of day-to-day operations of the International Lawyers Network (ILN). She develops strategies and implementation plans to achieve the ILN’s goals, and handles…

Lindsay Griffiths is the International Lawyers Network’s Executive Director. In this capacity, Ms. Griffiths is responsible for the oversight and management of day-to-day operations of the International Lawyers Network (ILN). She develops strategies and implementation plans to achieve the ILN’s goals, and handles recruitment, member retention, and a high level of service to members. She is engaged in the legal industry to stay on top of trends, both in law firms and law firm networks.

In her role as Executive Director, she develops and facilitates relationships among ILN member firm lawyers at 90+ law firms in 67 countries, and seeks opportunities for member firms to build business and relationships, while ensuring member participation in Network events and initiatives. These initiatives include facilitating referrals, the management and execution of the marketing and business development strategy for the Network, which encompasses all communications, push-down efforts, and marketing partnerships, providing support and guidance to the chairs and group leaders for the ILN’s thirteen practice and industry specialty groups, the ILN’s women’s initiative, the ILN’s mentorship program, the management and execution of all ILN conferences, and more.

JD Supra Readers Choice Top Author 2019

During her previous tenure as Director of Global Relationship Management, the ILN has been shortlisted as a Global Law Firm Network of the Year by The Lawyer for 2016 and 2017, and included as a Chambers & Partners Leading Law Firm Network since 2011. She was awarded “Thought Leader of the Year” by the Legal Marketing Association’s New York chapter in 2014 for her substantive contributions to the industry, and was recently included in Clio’s list for “34 People in Legal You Should Follow on Twitter.” She was also chosen for the American Bar Association Journal’s inaugural Web 100‘s Best Law Blogs, where judge Ivy Grey said “This blog is outstanding, thoughtful and useful.” Ms. Griffiths was recently chosen for as a Top Author by JD Supra in their 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, for the level of engagement and visibility she attained with readers on the topic of marketing & business development. She has been the author of Zen & the Art of Legal Networking since February of 2009.