If you answered “yes” – you are not alone.
Time management is one of the four business skills that support growth and profitability in your law practice. To support the growth of your firm, this skill must grow and evolve with the size of your practice. Part of evolving, is working “in” your law practice and not “on” the law practice. Some of the more powerful time management skills include the power hour, planning your day, and handling interruptions.
The power hour can have a huge impact on every aspect of your practice. It is a 60 minute block of time per day – without distractions – where you focus specifically on production. This allows you to get things done without interruptions. The best way to do this is to prepare your team with a script ahead of time so that both your clients and staff understand the process and when you are available. By preparing this ahead of time, you will be surprised at how many “urgent” items, aren’t as urgent as they seem.
Protect your power hour so there are no distractions, write it down so you make the time to do it, and don’t respond to emails or phone calls during this time.
During your power hour, you can focus on:
- Projects that produce income and revenue
- Your marketing calendar
- Delegation strategies
Planning your day is important because every day comes with distractions, interruptions, and sudden requests. You can use our Time Template worksheet or the My Great Life™ Planner to build daily habits, provide yourself with daily accountability and focus on priorities. You can also prioritize your list of the top three items you want to accomplish and divvy up tasks that are not driving revenue and delegate them to a team you trust.
How do you manage interruptions in your law firm? Take charge of your practice and use our Time Template worksheet or our Question Batching form to help clarify your thinking process. The Question Batching Form is used to limit distractions, helps to quick-batch meetings, and eliminates “lurking and blurting.” The Time Template worksheet allows you to block out time – putting family and personal time first.
You can also manage and eliminate disruptions by turning off cell phone and email notifications and shifting away from a multitasking approach.