I'm starting my fifth work week after the holiday season. December is always slow because my main areas of practice are family law and wills. It makes sense that, in December, people would not (1) be interested in spending money on an attorney; and (2) start a custody action or think about what happens when they die. But I digress.
After my 2-week holiday vacation, I was not prepared for the huge influx of e-mails and prospective client requests. I was, however, excited (and relieved). Then two weeks later I realized I had hopped on the treadmill of a reactive approach to work.
I let emergencies, not of my own doing, take priority of my plans for a productive day. These reactive decisions would affect the rest of the week. When I would finish helping with the emergency, I would remind myself not to do it again. And then, I did it again.