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  1. Saaaaame. I find it very unnerving to be attached to one piece. Besides, where's the fun in wiping out if you don't yard sale your gear over the whole run!? I will admit board boots are much easier to walk in.
  2. ... yes. 😬 But if I didn't do that, I'd never have an opportunity to use our fancy letterhead!
  3. I have a jpeg of my signature that I just insert into the letter if it needs to be signed. SAVE THE TREES!
  4. I would be extremely hesitant to hold real estate in an operating company. To me, the potential risk to a going concern would outweigh most (if not all) potential tax benefits. Would you be hiring a building manager to take care of the landlord duties? Or managing those yourself?
  5. Same. A lot of the work I do ends up being published in industry papers/newsletters, and our link to many specific projects is available on a website I'm sure at least some of you have been to. That website is managed/updated by the clients. Obviously as a solicitor, the specifics of my deals are confidential, but the overall fact that it was done, and by us, is public knowledge.
  6. I was surprised no one had mentioned Coke'n'coke yet.
  7. Do you have Spotify? I recommend taking some time to make playlists of songs that inspire you. The exams are mostly stressful because there are a lot of unknowns and a lot of pressure around them. Use music to get yourself out of the stress mindset and into focus mindset. First playlist: motivation mix. Anything from pop to showtunes to death metal - whatever you normally listen to get motivated with that "I CAN FUCKING DO THIS" spirit. Listen to this in the morning before the exam to get yourself pumped. Second playlist: relax mode. Fill this with songs that calm you down and encourage letting go. Listen to this after the exam to unwind and come back to level. You might even want to start listening to those playlists at the beginning and end of your study day, too, to start making associations. Good luck! You can all do this!
  8. I refuse to answer work emails after 6pm, unless we're in the last days before a closing or it's an extremely urgent matter (those don't come up often in my practice). I'll still work after 6pm if there's stuff to do, but I don't want to set a precedent that I'm available to clients at all hours. Clients do not have my cell phone number. Like others, I try to do one thing most evenings that gets me out of my apartment and/or connecting with other people. Bike rides and walks around Vancouver are *chef kisses*, even on slightly drizzly days like today. During covid, I've set up a regular Netflix Party night with some friends who live all over the country, which I hope will continue once things are back to normal. And if I don't have something planned or am feeling low energy, I'll cozy up in my reading nook (which, goddamn that was a good choice) and listen to podcasts and do whichever hobby I'm into this week. Also, the anti-anxiety meds help a lot. Honestly. I used to react to all stressors at DEFCON 1 because I was so anxious. My body couldn't tell the difference between an important stressor and a mere annoyance, and it became absolutely overwhelming to make even simple choices. The meds stabilized those reactions and I have so much more capacity to triage stressors, and therefore relax, now. So, if you're feeling anxious past the point of normal stress reactions, you might want to speak with a doctor or therapist to see if there's a combination of coping mechanisms you can start working with.
  9. I'm a solicitor, so this system might not work for litigators, but worth a shot. I really like having a physical copy of my to-do list. I've got a two-part system that involves a Kanban board with sticky notes on my wall and a day planner for dates. Kanban is a system that a lot of project managers use to track stages of a project. When my work really picked up around a year into practice and I was starting to get overwhelmed, I took some time to break down my typical workflow on a file. I made a 2D Kanban board breaking down the major categories of where my work might be at any particular time. For example, under the "Blocked" column, I have rows for "Waiting for Instructions", "With Client for Review", "With OC for Review", "Out for Signature", etc. (It's essentially an Excel worksheet that's always staring me in the face and I don't have to worry about saving.) As soon as I send a document out to OC, I move the corresponding sticky note to "Blocked - With OC for Review" so I know where that document is. Then I make a reminder in my planner for X days out to follow up with OC. The sticky notes are also colour-coded by assigning lawyer. Partner X is green, my own files are orange, etc., so I know at a glance who I'm doing most of my work for at any given time. It also is a good way of keeping track of who I should check in with to ask if they have any work they'd like to offload - no green on the board? Time for a quick chat with Partner X! Couple of issues: the sticky notes don't have a ton of information on them, so they are not helpful if you want to keep detailed notes in one place. This system is good for a quick, high-level overview of my practice. Also, as the board is currently on the wall of my apartment because #covid, I've had to revise the system for confidentiality. The sticky notes have a slightly anonymized version of the client's name (enough so that a potential visitor shouldn't be able to connect the name to an actual person or company, but not so much that I don't know who the client is) and an abbreviation for their project or the work I'm doing (e.g. incorporation and shareholder agreement becomes insha). It's low tech, cheap, and straightforward. I'm sure it will adapt as my practice grows and I get more experience, but for now it's exactly what I need to feel organized and on top of things.
  10. I'm a solicitor in an industry-specific business law practice. I don't want to get any more detailed than that for anonymity sake, sorry. Like several posters above, I'm practicing in exactly the area I went to law school for. I had relevant undergrad, work, and volunteer experience, including throughout law school, so I would have still been in the industry if I wasn't a lawyer. But, it's a fairly niche practice. I articled at a corporate firm focusing on small businesses, and then leveraged that hands-on and entrepreneurial experience, as well as my industry connections, to land at my dream job. A lot of my work ends up being project-management, and I get a deep sense of fulfillment guiding the file from conception to completion. I have to be innovative and creative when it comes to problem-solving. We work with many stakeholders, including internationally, and have to operate within industry standards and regulations that differ by jurisdiction. The puzzle is very fun to me (kinda like it is for the tax people).
  11. I used to walk 30 mins each way to my articling job, which I liked a lot. It was also on a transit line so when the weather was crap or I was running late or whatever, I had an option. The office later moved to ~an hour walk away, and I would typically walk home instead of both ways. Nice way to unwind after a stressful day! Now I'm ~10 min walk door-to-door and it's delightful.
  12. Thanks for telling me what my lived experience is. 👍
  13. Ah I see your point, thank you for clarifying. Yes it will definitely be worth it in the long term.
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