Time management, once mastered, will be a skill that can balance your personal and business life. In fact, it will reduce stress while giving you a sense of control over your workload.
Learning Effective Time Management
In order to manage time efficiently, you have to set goals. Goals, also known as ‘Projects’ or ‘Client Work’, are centered around results.
Prioritize the goals and mark them on your calendar. Keep in mind that you need to schedule time to work on the tasks necessary to complete the goals you set. This is crucial for your success! If you do not account for the time to do the necessary tasks, you will find yourself overwhelmed as the deadline draws near or even passes. Imagine how much you can reduce stress merely by accounting for your time accurately on a schedule.
This guidance applies whether you are working on cases or business goals.
Reaching Your Goals with Time Management
Without goals you miss focus and direction. Goal setting puts you in charge of your direction. Motivation is keystone to accomplish your goals.
Creating an Action Plan is crucial. Plan the steps required and incorporate on them on your calendar. Establish reminders to keep you on track.
It’s important to note that when you set a goal and assign a deadline for it that the deadline is realistic. Put your action plan in place with the steps required to reach it; you may need to adjust the deadline, if that is possible.
You do not want to create a lot of goals with unrealistic deadlines you cannot reach – you will not only fail yourself, but your client too.
Do you make excuses for not working or missing deadlines?
Where disruptions exist, you most likely will find a conflict in priorities. You should never accept a project that comes with a deadline if you know it cannot be met.
When you complete a project, recall how good you felt. This will act as encouragement to continue working responsibly.
Do you find yourself postponing crucial tasks again and again? Procrastination is one of the top behaviors that causes self-sabotage. Attorneys need to be able to rely on you to get your case work done. They are often juggling court-imposed deadlines with little tolerance for delays.
Here is a short test to see if any signs of procrastination exist for you:
- Filling your day with low priority jobs.
- Going on social media and spending hours lost in cyberspace.
- Reading emails many times without beginning work on them or resolving what you are going to do with them.
- Sitting down to begin a high-priority job, then taking a break to grab a drink or snack.
- Leaving an item on your list for days, even though you know it is crucial.
- Saying “YES” to insignificant jobs that other people ask you to do instead of completing or working on the jobs you already have to complete.
- Awaiting the ‘right time’ to tackle the priorities approaching their deadlines.
- Disorganization: this may be the root cause of not completing things on time.
End the cycle of procrastination right now. Begin creating a new habit for how you think and perform your duties.
Why You Must Create a Schedule
One of the best things you can do for yourself and business right now is to examine everything you have to do. Have you placed them on your calendar with steps mapped out on your calendar to efficiently complete them?
Scheduling is where ambitions meet truth. A well thought out schedule lets you handle your commitments, while leaving you time to do what matters to you. It becomes your relief for beating work overload. Time Management is a skill that can become a habit over time.
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Pat Iyer is president of The Pat Iyer Group, which develops resources to assist LNCs obtain more clients, make more money and achieve their business goals and dreams.
Pat testified for 25 years at trials and depositions and made multiple presentations to attorneys and paralegals at state and national conferences. She continues to be a frequent instructor at AALNC conferences and chapters.
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