Authored by: Ollie Lammers
Staying productive and on task can be difficult for any professional. As a lawyer with a law firm, you have cases to try and a business to run. According to Jay Harrington’s Attorneyatwork.com article, here are some things you should stop doing to help yourself be productive and successful:
Don’t allow others to manage your time or enable tasks to take over all of your time.
Attorneys often want to say yes when they are helping clients and their team. Unfortunately, this can lead to overbooking yourself, and your workload continuously piling up. To better serve yourself and others, evaluate how long it takes you to work on specific tasks, and practice saying no or not right now. Provide other solutions to your team; if you are currently unavailable, tell them you want to help and ask them to book time on your calendar for a meeting.
Attorneys can often put off important tasks to help new clients and answer phone calls that are constantly coming in. Assisting new clients and answering phone calls is essential but make sure you make time for your pressing tasks. Don’t put off your important tasks to the end of the day. On your calendar daily, schedule an hour or so that you cannot be interrupted unless it’s an emergency. Ensure your team knows that you will be working on your most pressing tasks during a specific time and not to interrupt your workflow.
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