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Get More Done In Your Legal Practice by Capturing Unproductive Time

Time is finite; we all have the same 24 hours in any day. So we have no choice but to make the most of what we are given. We have to be efficient with our time. This means doing things like maintaining focus on tasks during the workday, not letting people steal our time, and not being a slave to e-mail.

What is Unproductive Time?

Unproductive time is just that, dead time. These are usually small snippets of time throughout the day where you are waiting for something else to happen or can’t be used for more time-intensive, focused, deep work. You should take advantage of this time when you find it.

For Example . . . 

How about your commute to the office or to court? What can you do with that time? Well, for example, there are lots of podcast that I to listen to. I no longer listen to the radio in my car, or to music. I have a list of podcasts that I listen to every week, and I am getting quite a bit of knowledge from them that I can apply to my business.

Stuck in the waiting room of your doctors office? Be sure to bring with you a tablet or e- reader and get some reading done. I have an iPad and Apple Pencil that use them to review documents electronically. I can just pull that out of my bag and get that done in time that would otherwise have been unproductive and make me expend more time outside of the work day to make up for it.

Another way I capture odds and ends of time is to have items on my to-do list that do not have a specific date to accomplish, but also don’t take a lot of time to do. I tag them in my system as “quickies.” If I finish a task early, I will pull up my Quickies List and see what I can knock out in the spare time before the next task is scheduled to begin.

Those Odd Minutes Add Up!

The idea is to leverage unproductive time during your workday. How many quick e-mails can you send or answer in the five minutes before your next appointment? How much filing can you sort through? Block out your day in advance with the bigger projects and then fill in the gaps with these “quickies.”

The time in your day is like a jar that someone first fills with marbles, then pebbles, then sand, then water, until every bit of volume is taken up. This allows you to get the most efficient use of your work hours.

Let Me Help You Get More Time!

Time is money, and the more you can do with your time, the more money you will make. If you can’t seem to get caught up, if there never seems to be enough hours in a day, if you can’t seem to get control of your time, then I can help. Just give me a call at 856-345-9699 for a free, no obligation consult to discuss my time management program and how it can turn extra minutes into extra dollars.

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Steve Richardson

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