Making a To-Do List
Humans are creatures of habit; we tend to do things that are routine. Having a set daily routine can also make you feel more productive while at work, and it may be beneficial to come up with a daily to-do list to make sure you stay on track. Here are some suggestions of what you can do daily to be a more productive attorney:
Read something that is related to your work industry.
It’s important to stay up to date with news and changes that are occurring in your field of work. Reading a daily article or subscribing to a blog that is related to your legal field can be an easy way to stay informed. It can also be done while you are eating breakfast or winding down from your day. Law.com is a great place to find information about the legal industry.
Check in with your team members to see their progress.
This is a good time so make sure everyone is on track or may need extra help with anything. Working together is an important part of law firm. If one of your colleagues is behind on his work, then his work performance will go down due to stress and may affect those around him. This is also a great way to show your coworkers that you are there for them when they need it.
Stop checking your email at a certain time.
Emails can become overwhelming, and you can end up spending hours reading through all of them. Make a set time that you eventually stop checking emails, and move on from it. This can also be extended to checking emails on the weekend. It’s good to give yourself time to get away from being connected through social media and emails for a while.
Read or post something inspirational.
This can be an inspirational quote, news article, or listening to a story on the radio while going to work. Going to work in a good mood is an excellent way to improve your performance and overall mood. The website Upworthy has tons of inspirational news articles, and StoryCorps has inspirational interviews with interesting people about life, love, and overcoming hardships.
Add small tasks to your list.
These can be work related or non-work related. This list can include “go to the gym”, “water the plants”, “hug my wife when I get home” or “clean out my old lunch from the fridge”. In a busy work day, it is easy to forget the little things that need to be done.
Attorneys live very hectic and chaotic lives. By making a list of things to do and sticking to it, you will feel less overwhelmed and more organized in your daily life. And if something new comes up on your task list, simply find a space to fit it in your schedule and keep going with your day.
Here is a list of 6 fantastic to-do apps that will help you stay organized.