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3 Suggestions for Staying On Track While Working From Home

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WFH – Work From Home. Are you doing it? Do you love it or hate it? I’m doing it right now. Here are 3 suggestions for staying on track during this strange time.


  1. Make sure you and your assistant keep updated on the temporary procedures of the different jurisdictions in which you practice. It may even vary from judge to judge so keep those directives and orders in a place that’s easily accessible.
  2. Stay vigilant about maintaining client confidentiality. If you’re going to have files at home, use videoconferencing or even speak to clients via telephone more than normal, figure out a place to do that privately.
  3. Every day prioritize what’s most important to accomplish that day. In this time of stay-in-place orders and social distancing, I’m not trying to learn a new language or get 6 pack abs. Do what you need to do to get through every day and let that be enough.

One final thought. When it is time to go back to your normal life, what parts of your normal life do you actually want back? Don’t just ask yourself that. Ask your assistant, your kids, and your significant other. You may be surprised what they say.



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Karen is a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, IA, and Drake University Law School in Des Moines, IA. She began her legal career as a prosecutor before entering private practice. For over 20 years, her practice has focused on family law and general practice. Karen is trained in Collaborative Law and also acts as a parenting coordinator for high conflict parents. Since 2009, Karen has served as a judicial magistrate in Iowa. She is also the Chief Compliance Officer and pre-law advisor at Wartburg College. Karen is the author of “The New Lawyer’s Handbook: 101 Things They Don’t Teach You in Law School” and also two knitting books for children. Her commentaries and guest opinions have appeared in the Huffington Post and the Des Moines Register. She and her husband Pete have 4 children.

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