Efficiency can be the difference between success and failure in your law firm and your life. The task of becoming efficient may seem difficult, but it could be a bit easier than you imagine if you take the right steps. Achieving efficiency in the office will have a direct impact on your life inside and outside the office.
The idea behind efficiency is the saying, “Work smarter, not harder.” You can spend hours slaving at the office with the idea that someday, everything will be magically easier. But that’s not how you want to work or live. Unless your ideal life includes staring at a screen or poring over files in a dark storage room, getting things taken care of quicker and easier is probably a better way of doing things.
The good news is that there are tools at your disposal that will increase efficiency by cutting down on extra hours without sacrificing quality or credibility. Consider using computer programs that organize information better than a stack of files, organizing goals into priority levels, delegating the smaller work to point men in your office, and only taking on the clients you know you can work well with and give you the kind of work you like.
Surround yourself with people who know how to work hard and have successful lives and businesses. There are probably other lawyers and small business owners in your social circle, and these can be your allies. Take a few out for dinner or a drink and discuss successful practices around the office. As long as they’re not direct competitors, and maybe even if they are, they’ll probably be willing to talk about what they do in their offices.
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