Stresslines: Reducing stress through embezzlement And some other sane stress reduction ideas, too Stress is defined by The Encyclopedia Britannica as an unavoidable part of living. Since stress is often linked to certain disease processes (coronary disease, substance abuse related diseases, and even cancer), it should follow that these diseases are “unavoidable” and a “part of” life. I, for one, refuse to accept that diagnosis and the related prognosis.I think that most stress is avoidable. All it takes is making the conscious decision to stop caring about the welfare of your family and friends, your own physical and financial health, the outcome of your cases, the welfare of your clients, the relative health of your law practice or anything else. By “blowing off” everything, embezzling a whole bunch of money, moving to the beach in some low-cost-of-living South American country and taking up a life of fishing, you can eliminate virtually all stress from your life! Of course, doing so will create for you a new line of stress, namely running from the police. Thus, I advocate that before taking me up on this idea — and then blaming me for your ultimate downfall — please note that I am only kidding.The point I am actually making here is this: For those of us that truly care about doing the right thing, stress is, in large part, unavoidable. That is not to say that “all” stress is unavoidable. Many of the stressors in our lives can be mitigated, removed, or downplayed merely by taking a proactive approach to such things as budgets, client and family needs, “big picture” goals, risk management, ethics, and physical/mental health.I appreciate that some may regard an article talking about planning to manage stress as a “tired” concept. The thought occurred to me that if you have to read this article to find solutions to manage your stress then you are not particularly likely to do them anyway. So I asked myself, “Why bother taking the time to write the article?” I was told that maybe there is one person out there that just needs a bit of a nudge — thus, this article is really just written for that one person. Budgeting Money and Time Why not take the time to map out a budget, for both personal and professional finances, and stick to it? As obvious as it may seem, having a clear understanding of what your income is and where it must go will, coupled with a spending plan (or map, or budget), significantly reduce stress — without requiring embezzlement! While you are at it, why not map out a time budget too? Realistically assess how much time you need to put in at the office each month (or week) and how much time you will intentionally be away from the office. Then use that starting point to sort through the days of the week and budget the time you must spend on your professional responsibilities, remembering to clearly mark off personal time away from the office. Don’t forget to budget time for your family, your friends, and the other significant people in your life (that would be you). Risk and Practice Management Why not take the time to think about the risks you take in your life and your practice and find ways to manage those risks? Life insurance, disability insurance, malpractice insurance, and business interruption insurance can loosen up a barrelful of stressors for a very fair price. Take the time to meet with your insurance agent (even meet by phone) and make sure you have the necessary coverage in place in amounts that makes sense within your budget. If your risk assessment leaves you wondering whether you might be taking too many chances, you can always revise your office procedures. A great place to get started with practice management changes is The Florida Bar LOMAS program. There you can get great ideas on marketing, computerization, and improving the efficiency of your practice. Start by clicking on LOMAS at www.flabar.org. Health Management A tired, neglected, or abused body can contribute greatly to physical and mental health problems (stressors). Why not work out, try to eat right, and cut down on the drinking and other bad habits you might have? The gym is great, but even if you just try to walk more or do a bit of exercising at home, you are likely to experience an improvement in attitude as well as health. Feeling too self-conscious to work out? Afraid that you are too out of shape to get started? Choose emotional strength, get over your fear (a self-defeating excuse) and start moving. Of course, if you are that far out of shape, it’s probably best to check with the doctor first. But, please, don’t use the inability to get an appointment with your doctor or to get to the gym to do the exercise as an excuse. Just go back to your time budget and find a way to fit it in. Are you abusing substances? If so, the best advice is to stop it. I know it sounds simple and can be hard, but you have to try. Take advantage of the Florida Lawyers Assistance Program — get started at www.fla-lap.org. Ethics The practice of law need not be fraught with problems. Unfortunately, some lawyers play fast and loose with both The Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and general business ethics rules. (Cheating people creates stress. Stop doing it.) In addition to creating stress for the one living on the fine line, such behavior creates stress for others as well. How do you fix it? For starters, before taking action in a case, ask yourself if it comports with The Golden Rule. (You remember The Golden Rule?) If you are not the one dancing on that fine line, the best way to limit this problem is to bring abuses to the attention of the offending party, and if that does not help, bring it to the attention of the court and/or the Bar. Afraid your clients will think you are not “tough” because you choose the high road? Take the time to explain your philosophy to your clients at the outset and your clients will respect you. You (and they) will see that doing the right thing will get the right results in your cases, and your reputation as a decent, ethical person will get you plenty of work (without any additional stress burdens).Well, to that one person out there that is taking this to heart: Thanks for reading, glad I could help. For everyone else, this article can be important too: I regularly remind myself of these same things. While some stress is unavoidable, there are other types of stress that are completely avoidable with some planning, both on an individual basis and as a group within our profession. We should all look to help each other reduce stress because, in turn, we will help ourselves. And feel free to call me if you need more help or advice. Jeff Albinson is a member of the Quality of Life and Career Committee of The Florida Bar. Albinson practices law with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin in Tampa. He has a statewide practice focused on the defense of legal malpractice and ethics matters and he also provides risk management consults with lawyers and firms throughout the nation. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at www.fla-lap.org/qlsm. March 1, 2005 Jeff Albinson Regular News Stresslines: Reducing stress through embezzlement
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