David Bjornson shares 5 effective strategies in time management for lawyers. There’s no doubt that lawyers live a very hectic life. Everyday they face the battle of surviving their daily tasks. Breakthroughs in technology have brought many innovations that help in time management. Despite these innovations, lawyers still experience difficulty in effectively and efficiently handling their time.
The following are the best time management practices for lawyers that can boost productivity and improve time management.
Best Practice 1 Work smart, not hard.
Lose the idea that all tasks can be finished at once. Productivity is measured on the quality of tasks accomplished rather than the number of tasks completed. Keep in mind that it plays an important role in our daily endeavours. A better way to reach your end goal is to prioritize the most important task to be done, finish it on time, and go on with the other tasks.
Best Practice 2 Create a dynamic work production plan.
Forget about to-do lists. Manage your tasks by putting them on your calendar, in a way that you can estimate how much time each task will consume. Set a clear starting and stopping time in delegating tasks, attending meetings, taking work breaks and be ready to occasionally reboot your schedule.
Best Practice 3 Allot time for unplanned tasks in your schedule.
Think of unplanned tasks as obligations. Make necessary adjustments in your daily schedule by allocating enough time to manage unexpected engagements and deadlines. Be flexible as much as possible.
Best Practice 4 Let your calendar run your day.
Handle your time wisely and effectively. Make time frames that are in sync to the peaks and troughs of your efficiency during the day. Recognize your internal clock and use it to your advantage. Familiarize yourself on how to combat work thieves such as procrastination by creating roadblocks. Let go of perfectionism, too.
Best Practice 5 Consolidate routine actions.
Creativity and productivity respond best to routine. Try to get into the rhythm of the work schedule that suits your internal clock so you can be consistent in achieving your goals.