One of the biggest obstacles I commonly see among lawyers in growing a practice is an inability to get things done.
They just don’t seem to have enough time to work on their law firm’s growth because they are too busy working in their law firm’s daily duties.
In essence, you are constantly putting out fires.
Another problem is they have never been properly trained on how to “get more done” in less time.
It’s true – we all wish we could accomplish more in less time. I’ve often been told I get more done in less time than anyone they have ever seen.
So, what’s the secret?
Now, I’m not perfect with how I use my time, but over the years, I’ve learned five useful tips that I’m going to share with you.
- Have you noticed that you get a lot more done the day before the start of a vacation? Why is that? You have a firm deadline. So, the lesson here is: set realistic deadlines that you regularly monitor.
- Have you ever worked out how much your time is worth? It’s a sobering exercise.Divide the amount that you typically earn in a year down to an hourly rate, and you’ll probably be shocked. It could be $50 an hour, $100 an hour or even more.
Now, do you act in a way that acknowledges the true value of your time?
If you can delegate something you are doing for less than your hourly rate, then delegate it. Remember, good is usually good enough. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
- Avoid trying to multitask. It’s generally seen as a positive thing, but multitasking is really “switch-tasking” – going back and forth between several tasks. Only computers can truly do multiple processes at once with full focus.
- Prioritization is another key to being productive. No two tasks have equal importance, and often we gravitate toward the easier tasks or the ones we find the most appealing.Instead, get the more difficult or more important tasks out of the way first, and you’ll feel good about the accomplishment.
- Finally, arrange your meetings earlier in the day to be more productive, and always define a time limit. This principle applies even when taking unexpected calls.When someone says, “Do you have a minute?”, be firm in letting them know how much time you can spend with them.
The No. 1 thing you can do is to FOCUS!
Focus is the key.
Get rid of distractions, time vampires and focus on working on your law practice (Not in it).