Whether it’s managing their time, time management systems, not enough time in the day, or losing money due to improper time management, if you feel like your time management could use some improvements, you will want to read on.
Time management is a learned business skill and is a huge factor behind the profitability and growth in your law practice. Proper time management takes skill, practice, and a lot of patience. Although it may require some planning upfront, it can potentially impact your revenue, decrease stress, and provide a balanced work life.
There are several ways that you can create more time in your day – question batching, applying a daily or weekly power hour, and delegating tasks to a team you trust.
We invite you to join us on July 13th for a free, virtual webinar on Zoom where we will lay the foundation for your law firm to flourish financially. This webinar will focus on question batching (see our free resources for the Question Batching Form) which was created to limit distractions, quick-batch meetings, and eliminate “lurking and blurting.”
Lawyers need to have blocks of uninterrupted time to be productive by building new daily habits and creating accountability within your team. With consistency, new time management strategies can drive up your gross and net revenue in your law practice.
Part of this process is establishing a daily or weekly power hour. A power hour is an efficient way to minimize interruptions by creating a time block per day (at least one hour) that focuses on more complex tasks (trial preparation, drafting plans or documents, or research) and non-delegatable work. Our free, 45-minute webinar on July 19th will focus on the power hour by taking productivity to a new level and increasing effectiveness and satisfaction in your law practice.
Do you have a team that you can trust to delegate to? If not, to promote a positive work/life balance, you will want to focus on building a great team – one that you can trust, that you can build confidence in, and not have to worry about when you are away. Train your team to do things the way you want them to be done, and then trust your team that they will do it correctly. Give them the space, time, and patience to prove that to you.
If you are swamped and there are other people around that can help you get things done, don’t hesitate to ask for help! When delegating duties, always be mindful of others’ time and their skills. For example, if spreadsheets aren’t your strong suit, rely on a teammate who is particularly advanced in writing or working with them. This is a more productive use of everyone’s time.
Atticus has been coaching lawyers on business skills, including time management, for more than 30 years. We have developed free webinars and paid workshops as well as free resources that revolve around this idea of refocusing your day. We have created time template worksheets and resources that assist with preparing your day, blocking out time, and putting your family and personal time first. Create a crisis-free zone in your office, focus on proper client selection, increase your productivity, decrease your stress, and truly go home on time.