Posts tagged 40 hours a week lawyer
Start chunking (and get more done)

As I have stated in prior blogs,  e-mail should never be the first thing you do in the morning.  Even when you diligently follow this rule and recognize the benefits are worthwhile, you can still get stuck.  

Each day, all day long, we complete micro tasks that involve making a decision.  More tasks equals more stress.  When your day involves macro tasks, stress elevates.  The tasks on your to-do list are no longer on the same level.  For example, one day I had 1 task that would take 90 minutes, a handful that would take 30 minutes and several that would take 10 minutes or less.  The 90-minute task required full attention and was intellectually challenging.  A few of the 10-minute tasks were also intellectually challenging.  Sprinkled in were follow-up calls and basic document drafting.  



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Want a productive and satisfying work day?

Starting the business day with a plan is part of successful time management.

But how do you know if your plan for the day is focused on what your business needs right now?

Is the work you enjoy first on your list?  Is the work that will generate client satisfaction on the top of your list?  What about generating revenue? 

Setting out on your workday adventure is about prioritizing - but how you prioritize is also important.  And the flexibility to adjust your priorities is a skill that is often avoided.

At the end of my work day yesterday, I put my priorities in place for today.  This morning, they got reorganized.  

This is a result of taking my business vitals every morning.  If I do it everyday, it only takes 10 minutes.

Here are the vitals I take before I start my journey for a productive and satisfying work day.

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Working on the weekend

This past Friday I was leaving work at 3:00 to go out of town.  I had a few things that I wanted to get done, however, I knew before the day started that there wasn't going to be time.  I, therefore, started on a list of things to do on Sunday night when I got back to town.

The Sunday before last, I went in to the office at 3:00p.m. and worked a solid four hours.  I got several things done that I don't think I would have completed if there was a chance I would be interrupted.  It felt great to start the week feeling like I was ahead of the game.  It seemed natural that I would want to repeat that experience.

I didn't end up going out of town because of the weather, but I did spend a lot of Saturday dreading going into the office to work on Sunday afternoon.  I didn't feel the same way last weekend so it was a bit of a surprise.  It seemed logical to take a few hours of uninterrupted time to get things done - particularly when it would provide revenue.  So what was my problem?

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