The WLD’s Beyond the Book Club held its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, July 12th. The book club was started as a way for women in our legal community to get together to discuss topics and issues that are relevant, important, and/or challenging to us as attorneys and as women. We had a great kick-off this month and plan to meet quarterly going forward. We hope you’ll join us!
The group met to discuss 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. As busy women in a demanding career field, time is a precious commodity, and this book was written to change the way we think about time. Vanderkam encourages readers to focus on the bigger picture: to think about our schedules in week-long increments, rather than one day at a time. This isn’t all that difficult to do, as our natural schedules are often set out in weeks rather than individual days. Weeks are more flexible, and 168 hours seems like a lot more to work – and play – with than a single day. Setting goals, making plans, and implementing habits can be a lot more manageable when done with a week-based timetable in mind. When considering how we spend our time, the book’s main argument is that if we feel like we don’t have enough time for everything, chances are that’s because we’re not making the best use of our time. To do this better, Vanderkam argues that we need to focus on our “core competencies” and minimize the rest. Focusing on what’s most important, what only we can do, or what we can do best, while minimizing the other things or making them more efficient, will help naturally prioritize our use of time.
At our meeting, the group discussed the book and the challenges – time management and otherwise – that we face as both attorneys and as women. While some of Vanderkam’s strategies weren’t necessarily widely practicable or possible (i.e. outsourcing laundry), we all agreed that her book provided helpful strategies and ways of thinking, and it certainly served as the foundation for some great discussion. We really do – most of the time – have more time than we think!
We hope you’ll join us for next quarter’s meeting of the Beyond the Book Club. Stay tuned for info regarding the book selection and meeting date!
This article was written by Lauren Sorrell, Krieg DeVault LLP. If you would like to write or submit an article for the Women & the Law Division, please contact Kim Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org.