Coaching for Lawyers Law Practice Tip

Law Practice Tip #264
October 17, 2011

Reduce stress by establishing practice benchmarks and sticking to them

To stick to your benchmarks you'll probably need to keep making difficult choices. You'll have to say no when it seems easier to say yes. I say "seems" easier because in the moment it's easier to agree to the new client or squeaky wheel, but in the long-term, worry or anxiety may be the result.

It's easier to make difficult decisions or choices if you can rely on your benchmarks to keep you focused. Having benchmarks to keep you focused will help reduce overwhelm and stress.

Examples of practice benchmarks:
  • I have no more than x clients at one time.
  • I have no more than x reduced rate or pro bono clients at one time.
  • I only work x weekends a month.
  • I connect with all my clients at least every x.
  • I only do the work if I know I will get paid.
  • I only take these kinds of cases or matters.

What are your practice benchmarks that help you stay focused? What additional benchmarks do you want establish?

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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