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Time Management

Nothing But the Ruth

Sabotaging Your Practice? Just Stop It!

Last month, I attended TBD Law, an invitation-only lawyer unconference. The purpose of the event was to take a step back and look at the future of law practice. For me, it was a chance to reflect and strategize about how to be more effective and ...

Ruth Carter - March 8, 2017

Five Tips for Handling Holiday Stress

Ah, the holiday season! The best of times, but with all the cheer comes a lot of stress, which can sometimes make it feel like the worst of times. First, there are so many things to do: gifts to buy, decorations to manage, holiday parties, ...

Jamie Spannhake - December 16, 2016
one of a kind with apples

Why Are You at the Office Until 10 p.m.?

The early days of my legal career at a big firm involved lots of late nights at the office. It seemed like I was routinely getting home around 11 p.m. — often later. It was a busy time, so late nights were required. But not always. Looking back, ...

Jay Harrington - October 24, 2016
Nothing But the Ruth

Productivity Challenge: Two To-Do Lists

I don’t know about you, but I’m freakishly busy. I welcome any life hacks that let me be more efficient. I recently met Paula Rizzo through my mastermind group for entrepreneurs. She’s an Emmy Award-winning TV producer who attributes much of her ...

Ruth Carter - June 22, 2016
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Three Steps to Increasing Law Practice Productivity

I bet this has happened to you. You show up at the office with the best intentions. You’re finally going to get that marketing project — or some other large project — done so you can reap the rewards. You sit down at your desk. Your voicemail ...

Raj Jha - March 31, 2016
Timer

15 Minutes of Silence: Bet You Can’t!

A while back, the Wall Street Journal ran an article that posed a critical question worth considering. A CEO of a highly successful company was challenged by a friend to sit still for 15 minutes in complete silence. And he bet him $15,000 that ...

Dustin Cole - March 29, 2016
LinkedIn Profile

Will Your Client Show Up?

Upon factoring together the number of appointment-based businesses and the average no-show rate across all industries, I estimate the American economy loses at least $66 billion each year due to missed appointments. You’ve likely seen how ...

Frank Cort - February 29, 2016
Timer

Time Is Your Most Precious Resource

Making the most of your time — your most precious resource — results in a truly balanced life: You enjoy your work life and you enjoy your personal life. What lawyers do is hard. No matter what the clock says, the legal work must always be done. ...

Paul H. Burton - February 15, 2016
Nothing But the Ruth

A More Purposeful Life: Rethinking Time

How did we decide our days would be broken up into “weekdays” and “weekends” and “business hours” and “personal time?” If you are someone’s employee, these concepts make sense. But not necessarily if you’re an entrepreneur or in an ...

Ruth Carter - October 8, 2015
Money and Time

Distraction Junkie? Managing Your Worst Time Bandit

In his recent book “The Time Bandit Solution: Recovering Stolen Time You Never Knew You Had,” Edward G. Brown presents a step-by-step lesson in recovering lost time — including how to prevent interruptions from sapping your productivity and ...

Edward G. Brown - August 25, 2015