Resolving To Be More Productive In 2017? Here’s how to stay on Track
These five tips and tools can help you carry out your New Year goals
They say that most people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by February. And while it may not be the end of the world if you can’t lose that stubborn 10 pounds or don’t finally learn how to play the banjo, some resolutions are important to maintain for one reason or another.
As a busy lawyer, you will want to–and probably need to–be as productive as possible. But if at the end of many long days this past year you found yourself wondering why you just couldn’t get more done, it’s time to take a step back and re-strategize. Here are some tips that can help you accomplish just that:
Make a to-do list for the next day
To-do lists are great tools for keeping you on task, and it’s a wise idea to write them out at the end of the day. This way, you can get started crossing things off as soon as you get to the office instead of spending time figuring out what you need to do.
Make it a point to create a to-do list each day (even if items on the list are not urgent). At the end of the day, or at the beginning of the next, make it a point to empty that to-do list into a calendar. Set aside the appropriate time needed to show attention to or to complete each task, and dedicate the calendared time to getting that task done.
Get rid of the ugly stuff first
Chances are, most days you’ll have some items on that list that are just unpleasant. But instead of doing the natural thing and putting them off for as long as you can, tackle them first. Once you get those out of the way, it will free you up to focus more on the stuff you enjoy (or at least don’t dislike as much!) and also give you a real sense of accomplishment.
These days the majority of distractions are tech-related. And while your smartphone or tablet can be awfully handy when it comes to things like reading briefs, it can also quickly derail your productivity. If you just can’t seem to stop glancing at it, turn it off and put it in a drawer while you get other work done.
The same goes for other types of technology—if it’s just getting in the way, then just turn it off.
Find more energy
If by 2 o’clock you feel like you’ve been working for about 12 hours, something isn’t right; and this doesn’t mean you should just pour a third cup of coffee. It could be time to start eating better or figuring out how to get more sleep. You are never going to be your most productive self without the right amount of energy. Balance your diet, start eating more greens, whole grains, and fresh fruits, and start limiting processed foods, refined sugars, and unhealthy alternatives.
Rely on some extra help
It can be tempting to try to do everything on your own, especially if you are a solo practitioner. But, as you may have discovered, this is a great way to burn yourself out. You’ll be amazed at how much more can get done when you bring in a paralegal or another lawyer even on a part-time basis.
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