Every legal professional can improve. There’s no exception. We can all perform better at our jobs – period. This holds true for lawyers, paralegals, litigation support personnel and legal administrators.
Now, getting better at our jobs can grow complex. This is especially true if betterment requires specialized training and further education. But, there are a few simple ways we can all increase our productivity and sharpen our skills right this minute. In fact, with some guidance from onelegal.com, we can provide five of them.
Distractions often prevent legal professionals from hitting maximum stride at work. Granted, some distractions are out of our control (e.g., noise from nearby construction). But, we do have the ability to disengage from two powerful sources of work interference – social media and smart phones.
We simply need to unplug from these two during work hours. Save Facebook time and text messages for commutes and evenings. If you must visit these during the workday, limit them to your lunchtime. Unplugging frees valuable time up to perfect work tasks and projects.
2. Befriend a Writing Pad
If you haven’t already, you must make a writing pad a permanent fixture on top of your desk. At the beginning of every week, you should create a to-do list at the top of this pad. Review and revise the list at least once a day. A writing pad also lets you take quick notes during phone conversations and allows you to jot down details as to tasks.
3. Know Your Software
The firm or corporate legal department you work with likely has specific software that it uses. Become a master of this software. Get to know the basics and all the minute details. This will make you more efficient. It will also let you spend less time on administrative issues and more time on completing projects and assignments.
4. Manage Emails
It’s not unlikely for many of today’s legal professionals to receive hundreds of emails per day. Even if you’re not close to this figure, we all have the tendency to avoid certain messages or delay in responding to them. Don’t do this.
Manage your emails well. Read and respond to them. If it helps, designate a certain time during the day to perform these tasks. Effectively managing your email will increase your efficiency while ensuring you have a firm grasp on work-related information.
5. Get Organized
This tip is directly aimed at those legal professionals who haven’t seen a clean desktop or workspace in years. You cannot work efficiently while caught up in a mess. Take some time at the end of each day, or at the very beginning, to clean your work space. Organize work papers. Put away case files. Throw that half-eaten sandwich in the garbage.
A clean space will help you focus. It will make sure you don’t lose pertinent papers or information. Cleanliness also lets colleagues know you respect yourself and your job.
Don’t get lazy. Take pride in your work. Follow the above easy techniques and take your professional performance to new heights.