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Get a Handle on Time Management

Stay in Control of Your Time.  Use this Tried-and-True Method!

Time doesn't have to be the bane of your daily existence.

Put time back on your side by making several kinds of LISTS.

List-making is a free and simple way to get a handle on your time management skills and prioritize your day.

And the best part?

There is no new technology to learn.  No keyboard to press.  All you need is a legal notepad or, if you prefer, the task function in Office Outlook!

Here's a handy list-making guide to get you started:

  • Start by making a single to-do list of everything that needs to be done. Don’t try to organize or prioritize the tasks, just list them.
  • Go over the main list and break it into two lists, one for yourself and one for your assistant. On your list, keep only things that must be done BY A LAWYER.
  • Take another look at the lists and prioritize them even further. On a separate sheet of paper, list three or four things you know must be accomplished by the end of the day.
  • Next, delegate the priority items on your assistant’s overall list and get started on your own priority items immediately.
  • Check in with your assistant for a progress report mid-afternoon. This allows time to get things back on track if unexpected events or interruptions derail your plans.
  • Revise your lists before you leave for the day, or each morning as soon as you arrive in the office.

How well do you manage your time?

Take my time management test and see how well you score.



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