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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 ...

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
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Pen on Paper Works! The Bullet Journal

If you’ve never sat bolt upright in bed at 3:17 a.m. convinced that you’ve missed a critical deadline, congratulations. You should bottle your secret and sell it to the rest of us — along with every other productivity guru currently writing a ...

Mary Lokensgard - May 4, 2017
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
Friday Five

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
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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
accounting

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
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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