Coaching for Lawyers Law Practice Tip

Law Practice Tip #255
June 6, 2011

Color Code your Calendar Items for a visual display of how busy you are.

In response to my tip Manage your time by scheduling everything you do, I received the following great idea from an incredibly creative, successful architect client of mine: John DeForest of DeForest Architects:

I'm a big fan of color-coding calendar items that help me graphically see the balance of my week and month. Outlook allows you to set up shortcuts to designate a color and category:

  • Personal (green)
  • work time (periods to concentrate on a particular project) (dark blue)
  • coordination time (meeting with staff, consultants) (light blue)
  • client meetings (red)
  • marketing (orange)

Using color-coding this way gives me a quick visual read of the week — too many reds means a week packed with client meetings.

What needs to happen for you to use color coding to manage 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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