Coaching for Lawyers Law Practice Tip

Law Practice Tip #253
May 9, 2011

Accurate time estimating is important to clients

A common difficulty with managing time that many of us have is estimating how long things really take. If you underestimate you obviously run the risk of filling your schedule with too many tasks and not getting everything done. That leads to all kinds of problems as well as stress.

Improve your estimating abilities by becoming more aware of how long things really take you. Make a point of checking your estimates against the actual time a task took. When you create your daily “to do” list really think about how long each task will take and whether you have enough time for everything on the list. Don't just add tasks to your list without considering how much time each task will take. (Keep track of all tasks on a separate running “to do” list.)

As well as helping you manage your work load, being able to estimate your time well is of great value to your clients. You will be able to give them a better idea of the cost of their representation – clients always want to know how much it will cost. And you'll be able to deliver on your promises.

What will you to do improve estimating your time?

If you would like coaching on this area of your law practice, please consider contacting me to see how I can assist you.

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