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Time Management

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Urgent versus Important: Where Should You Focus?

Much time is wasted by our inability to focus our attention and effort on what is truly important. Whether due to distractions (email alerts, shiny objects, interruptions), difficulty prioritizing or basing decisions on how we feel (physically ...

Shawn Healy - May 14, 2018
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Taking Control: Time Management Tips for Busy Lawyers

You have at least three phone numbers (home, office, and cell), at least two email addresses (work and personal), and at least two social media accounts (Facebook and LinkedIn). You can be texted, tweeted, emailed, snail-mailed and even faxed. ...

David Ackert - February 5, 2018

Four Productivity Building Blocks of Effective, Efficient and Happy Lawyers

Recently I posed this question to lawyers: “Why are you at the office until 10 p.m.?” Many lawyers fail to structure their days in a manner ...

Jay Harrington - December 26, 2017
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Make 2018 More Productive With This HBR Strategy

A few months back, Harvard Business Review published a terrific article titled "In a Distracted World, Solitude Is a Competitive Advantage." The authors reference numerous sources, from Yoda (Star Wars) to Eric Schmidt (Google) to David Rock ...

Paul H. Burton - December 6, 2017

Video: Customizing the Status Bar in Microsoft Office

Making any Microsoft Office application easier to use often involves tweaking the interface to suit your work style. Here's one of the quickest, easiest and most powerful tweaks you can make: tricking out each application's Status Bar.

Deborah Savadra - October 18, 2017

10 Hacks for Beating Procrastination

Ninety-five percent of us procrastinate. That's what professor Piers Steel reported in his book "The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done." So, the question isn't whether we procrastinate. The ...

Paul H. Burton - October 9, 2017

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 ...

Jamie Spannhake - August 18, 2017

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 ...

Paul H. Burton - August 14, 2017

Tips for a Busy Lawyer to Streamline Matter Management

Matter Management Checklist. If you took time to pause and write down the activities that take up most of your time during the day what would be at the top of your list? Realistically you are probably dividing your time between ...

Thomson Reuters - June 15, 2017
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Seven Ways to Make Billing More Effective

Lawyers may practice in different areas of the law and serve a wide range of clients, but most seem to share a common aversion: They hate doing timesheets. Despite this near universal resentment toward tracking time, most lawyers eventually ...

Jeremy Diviney - May 17, 2017