State Bar of Texas
November 28, 2008
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Debra L. Bruce, JD, PCC.
A lot of lawyers struggle with time management. Many lament the unpredictability of their schedules and the volume of last minute client “emergencies.” Some get so many interruptions during the day that they don’t actually get a good start on their most important projects until after 5:00 pm. They work long hours just to make a little progress.
Some attorneys want to please their clients, so they promise to deliver the client’s work at the earliest date they can get it out. Unfortunately, they usually make the assessment in a vacuum, without first assessing the other commitments they have already made, and without allowing space for unexpected contingencies.
There are many such issues that affect an attorney’s productivity. Here is my top ten list of time management behaviors of productive lawyers.