Coaching for Lawyers Law Practice Tip

Law Practice Tip #254
May 23, 2011

Manage your time by comprehensively scheduling everything you expect to do.

Rather than saying yes to each opportunity* or new client matter that comes along and trust you'll find the time, use your calendar to actually schedule all the estimated hours of everything you expect to do in order to get to completion. Plot out on your calendar all the components the research time, the meeting time, the negotiation time, the drafting time, and the time others will spend so you don't have to spend your own time, so that you can visually see how much work you have. Don't fill your calendar completely, because you need to save room for the unexpected emergency or matter you really want to take, or because you underestimated the unknowns that will show up as you proceed.

When you keep adding work to your pile without finishing what's there, it's no wonder you start to feel overwhelmed. Using your calendar will help you resist the urge to keep adding more work before you know you'll have the time for it.

What will it take for you to use your calendar this comprehensively?

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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