Maybe you’ve heard the old acronym: TANSTAAFL. TANSTAAFL stands for “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” Here’s a new one: TANSTATM, which stands for “there ain’t no such thing as time management.”
The fact is – there is really no such thing as “time management.” There is only “self-management.” It’s how we manage ourselves that really matters. Small changes in how you do things can have a dramatic impact on your productivity and your quality of life.
If you want to begin to take control of your life and your law practice, you’ve got to understand that each of us has the same 24 hours in the day as Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, Mother Theresa, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and Oprah. It’s how we manage ourselves within that time frame that makes all the difference.
And here’s another fact: They don’t teach this stuff in law school. But it’s never too late to learn.
You can start taking control of your time, your calendar, and your life right now.
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Start eliminating needless interruptions during the day. Recent research has determined that it can take our brains up to 20 minutes to recover from an interruption. So if you’re dealing with only three needless interruptions each day, you are effectively losing an hour. That can add up to over 240 hours in a year, or six 40-hour weeks.
Start getting rid of needless interruptions now:
- Whether you realize it or not your email is interrupting you all day long. Just the act of “noticing” an email and deciding to deal with it later is an interruption that affects your focus. Turn off pop-up email notifications and alarms.
- Block time to return phone calls & process emails. You’ll be able to accomplish up to four times as much when you block time to complete similar tasks.
- Rather than allowing your staff to interrupt you (and chase you to the restroom or to your car) during the day to ask you questions, schedule 10-15 minute “stand-up meetings” or “huddles” with your key people each day. They need access to you, and you need to limit your interruptions. These short meetings will make an immediate impact on your productivity.
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