Time Management Tips For Lawyers
For attorneys, it’s all too common to find yourself with too much work to get done, and not enough time to get it done in. This is especially true if you’re a solo practitioner or if you run a small practice. A study of non-billable hours in law firms of various sizes and areas of practice reveals that many attorneys are billable for as little as 24 percent of the hours they spend working, and most are billable for less than half of their work hours. Even if your firm operates on fixed fee matters, optimizing your time can help you work on more matters in the same amount of time. So, how can you manage your time wisely?
- Track And Analyze: Start by tracking how you spend your day for a week or two, then look carefully at the results. Once you know where you’re spending most of your time, you can make a careful plan of attack. Obviously some non-billable tasks like business development are critical and really require your time and expertise to be successful. Other tasks are just time-suckers; they have to be done, but there are more expedient ways to do them than spending your own time on them.
- Make A Plan For Tomorrow: End each work day by making a detailed and prioritized plan for the following day. Plan in some time to deal with unexpected issues, but don’t leave big gaps in your schedule or you’ll likely find yourself filling those in with busywork.
- Start Strong: Start each day by tackling the thing you most dread doing, because once that’s out of the way, the rest of the day feels like a downhill run. Plan it, commit to it, stick to it. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish with the rest of your day when you feel like you’ve attained beast mode by 10:00 a.m.
- Insulate Yourself From Time-Suckers: You can easily avoid some of the things that disrupt your workflow throughout the day, such as answering the phone. Set aside phone hours to return calls and hire someone to take messages outside of those hours. For repetitive administrative tasks, such as preparing forms, use software packages that automate those tasks and cut your production time.
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