Daily Dispatch

Friday Fit Five

Compartmentalize and Integrate: Five Ways to Handle It ‘All’

I am a lawyer and a parent. I also try to have a social life, volunteer, take care of my pets, and run a household (not completely by myself, thank goodness). Recently, a friend — also a lawyer and parent — and I were discussing the challenges of work-life balance, or work-life integration. Here’s one question we tossed around: Is it “better” to compartmentalize work and the rest of life or to integrate them? For example, if I am at the pool with my daughter in the afternoon and a client calls, do I answer and handle the issue at that moment? Or, do I send it to voicemail and deal with it later?Read The Rest

Nothing But the Ruth!

Attorney Safety: Interview with Stephen Kelson

Nothing But the Ruth

Earlier this year, I shared statistics about threats of violence made against attorneys. Stephen Kelson, a shareholder at Christensen & Jensen PC in Salt Lake City, focuses on commercial litigation, personal injury and mediation, but he has also studied violence against legal professionals and prevention for over a decade. He was gracious to answer some follow-up questions on lawyer safety, based on results from his 26 statewide surveys.Read The Rest

Online Marketing

Connecting the Dots to Boost Your Online Marketing Strategy


Effective marketing is an ongoing journey, especially because the whole landscape of online marketing is always in flux. Your law practice changes over time, and changes at Google, Facebook and other big sites affect your strategy, too. Even online user behavior is changing at a rate that’s difficult to keep up with. Carving out success in this kind of shifting environment often feels like a gargantuan task, but the challenges can be overcome. You just need to be sure that your firm has a plan in place to adapt to the changes.

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Innovation Lessons from Amazon

The ‘Day 1’ Law Firm: Adopt This Jeff Bezos Mantra to Grow Your Practice

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Jeff Bezos has many powerful mantras for his business, but this is one of my favorites: It’s always “Day 1” at Amazon. What he means is that Amazon will never stop being a startup. It’s a message that he drilled down on in a recent letter to shareholders (written from a building he works in named “Day 1”), in which he wrote: “Day 2 is stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed by death. And that is why it is always Day 1.”Read The Rest

Time Management

Regaining Command of Email

Email is the global de facto communication standard. Business use of email continues to grow. Email is also a hybrid form of communication — a written form used conversationally. This hybrid nature, coupled with habits developed early in its use, results in email being both the boon and the bane of the modern work world. It is the boon because we can communicate globally, 24 hours a day. It is the bane because everyone else can too!

Consider these suggestions to make email part of a more productive day.Read The Rest

The Friday Five

Add These Five Super Marketing Steps to Your Plans


The Super Marketing Conference in Boston, a collaboration between MassLOMAP, the ABA Law Practice Division and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, assembled expert speakers from around the country to provide practical, hands-on advice to solo and small law firms. Five themes emerged. As you move forward with your marketing plans, consider how you can turn these themes into action steps.Read The Rest


Working With Multiple Monitors in Your Law Office

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Using multiple programs while executing a given task is nothing new. That’s why I, along with legions of computer users, use multiple monitors when we work. Consider these advantages of doing so.Read The Rest