Changing Your Routine Increases Productivity

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Personal Productivity for Lawyers

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To this point in my life, I have not been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder. At the same time, I am renowned for being a creature of habit in both my personal life and my work life. For the past two months, within limitations, I have worked on the same schedule everyday.

I must have slept funny, because today I threw everything for a loop and it seems to be making me more productive.

Scheduling will keep you on task

I am a consumer-rights attorney, I am developing a website/blog, and I also write for three-four blogs on any given day. Meticulous scheduling helps ensure I am not overwhelmed at the end of the day.

As long as my schedule allows it, I try and write in the morning, or at the end of the day. That way, I am saving the majority of my energy, my day, and my most productive times, for doing actual lawyering.

Changing routine changes your thinking pattern

Today I worked from home and launched into full-on lawyering first thing. I usually avoid doing that because I assume my brain is not fully warmed up. Wrong.

Working on my cases at a different time gave me a fresh perspective, which led to a jolt of energy, which led to some new strategies. Arguments that were not fully realized reached their potential. Things that I dreaded because they were scheduled for later in the day, were actually fun to work on.

The problem with a rigid schedule is that it can lull your brain to sleep. It can also constantly make you think about what is next on the schedule, instead of what is in front of you.

Scheduling around more/less productive times is a good idea. But when you find yourself stuck in a rut, throw out your schedule and try something new.

(photo: recompose)

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