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Top 20 Law Practice Management and Wellness Tips

By Joan Feldman

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Top 20 Law Practice Management and Wellness Tips for 2018:

From the beginning, Attorney at Work’s goal has been to publish ideas that will help you “create a practice — and a life — you love.” In previous years, top posts favored tech and marketing tips. This past year, however, we saw a shift. Whether due to the zeitgeist of the times or Google’s algorithms, 2018’s top 20 more closely reflect that original goal: law firm management practical tips for building a successful law practice — with a definite tilt toward personal well-being.

In fact, more than a quarter of the year’s top posts focus on lawyer wellness. This shouldn’t be surprising: More lawyers are writing about their personal struggles, helping to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction. And, based on the alarming reports on the profession, the need for this information is clear. But, honestly, we were a little surprised: Wanting to write about these topics is one thing — getting people to read them is quite another. Is it a passing fad, stoked by the organized bar’s renewed initiatives to address attorney unhappiness? We hope not.

As for the No. 1 post of the year, the prize goes to attorney and wellness coach Jamie Spannhake, with “Five Traits of Great Lawyers.” (You might be surprised at what’s included in her list.) Second-place honors go to Dustin Cole for “Why Lawyers Really Struggle for Work-Life Balance.” His bottom line: You can’t have a successful practice and a happy life if you don’t have a good grip on the basics of managing your practice.

So which other articles captured Attorney at Work readers’ attention in 2018? Without further ado, here are the most popular posts we published last year.*

The Top 20

20. Flat Fee or Hourly? Pros and Cons of Billing Options by Ruth Carter

19. Running Your Practice More Mindfully on a Legal Pad — The Analog Attorney by Bull Garlington

18. Law Firm Website Trends to Watch: Tips from Drew Barton, Andrew Cabasso, Karin Conroy, Steve Matthews & Mike Ramsey

17. Blockchain 101: What Attorneys Need to Know by Arup Das

16. Top 10 Attorney Directories Where You Should Be Found by Chris Dreyer

15. Advice to New Associates on Becoming a Rainmaker by Mike O’Horo

14. Chronic Stress: It’s a Matter of Confidence, Not Competence by Neha Sampat

13. Make It Rain: Five Steps to Get New Clients by Heidi Nadel

12. How to Shoot for Realistic Work-Life Balance This Year  by Link Christin

11. Client Communications Checklist by Danielle Flagg

The Top 10

10. The Secret Science of Mingling by Bull Garlington

9. Twelve Steps to a Profitable Law Practice by Ernie Svenson

8. Can Lawyers Ethically Store and Transmit Client Information in the Cloud? by Mark C. Palmer

7. 10 Things I Hate About the Little Things Lawyers Do by Jared Correia

6. How to Be Productive When You Are a Depressed Lawyer by Dan Lukasik

5. Confronting Lawyer Turnover in Law Firms by Link Christin

4. Taking Control: Time Management Tips for Busy Lawyers by David Ackert

3. Video: Resetting Default Heading Body Fonts in Microsoft Word by Deborah Savadra

2. Why Lawyers Really Struggle for Work-Life Balance by Dustin Cole

1. Five Traits of Great Lawyers by Jamie Spannhake

* Ranked solely according to page views over the past 12 months.

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Joan Hamby Feldman Joan Feldman

Joan Feldman is Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of Attorney at Work, publishing “one really good idea every day” since 2011. She has created and steered myriad leading practice management and trade publications, including the ABA’s Law Practice magazine where she served as managing editor for a dozen years. Joan is a Fellow and served as a Trustee of the College of Law Practice Management. Follow her on LinkedIn and @JoanHFeldman.

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