Just because you can check your e-mail all the time does not mean you should. Make an effort to tune out technology in the evenings and weekends to increase productivity.
Getting Things Done
Law school exposes law students to a a smorgasbord of substantive law. This creates the impression that in real life you will deal with complex real estate issues in the morning and handle a criminal trial in the afternoon.
I don’t know any solo attorneys who practice that way. If you are opening your own shop as a solo attorney, find a niche and stick with it.
Unless your law practice is located in a cave somewhere without television or internet, you probably know that the Muppets have a new movie in theaters. The film follows the Muppets as they try to reunite and save their old production studio. The movie has several great messages that any lawyer or law student can learn from.
The best practices for you and your lawfirm are just that—ideally suited just for you—and something you need to decide for yourself.
The next time you find yourself struggling to get things done, or taking too long to accomplish menial tasks, attack your distractions to simplify things and increase productivity.
This weekend marks the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The first Harry Potter book was released in June 1997, and the first movie hit theaters November 2001. Since that time, both the books and movies have enjoyed incredible success. J.K. Rowling’s coming of age story of Harry Potter, “The Boy Who Lived,” has been enjoyed by children and adults alike. The books have kept a generation of children reading, and reminded adults what it’s like to be a kid. But the books and movies also offer numerous life lessons. Several of them are spot-on for any attorney. But before you hit the jump, be warned: some spoilers may be contained within.
As the weather gets warmer, calling it an early day is tempting and easy, especially on Fridays. That may not always be a bad thing, given that many people spend Friday afternoons staring at their Facebook page.
If you can maximize your work efforts during your most productive time periods, you may find yourself getting more done while spending less time in the office.
Guest post by Lior Levin.
There are very few professions better suited for using the Getting Things Done (GTD) system than the legal one. A project-driven field with hard deadlines and dire consequences for missing them, using GTD can be a sensible approach for staying on top of what is happening, what needs to be done and making sure no deadlines are missed.
Implementing GTD might be a solid move, especially for lawyers and law firms that are finding they have issues staying on top of everything.
A quick look at what GTD is and what it does explains why.
I had lunch with another attorney the other day. He was sharing that he would like to find more time for his creative pursuits—writing poetry and screenplays. He was frustrated and asked how I was able to make time for my creative efforts. I responded, “two things: carry a journal and turn off the T.V.“
Because my legal niche is helping creative people and business, I’m around inspiringly creative people almost every day. You can spot a productive creative person from across the room because no matter where they go, they carry a journal. When you talk with them, you’ll find they spend very little time watching TV.