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3 Easy Tricks to Work Faster in Your Law Practice

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By Jonathan R. Tung, Esq. on July 01, 2016 2:15 PM

There's never enough time. If this is something you find yourself repeating again and again, you're not alone.

Some studies that suggest that this feeling of "too much to do, too little time to do it" might actually be an indication of our ability to handle stress. But there are a few surprisingly easy tricks that can help you improve your productivity. If you need to work faster in your law practice, three these three tricks:

1. Use a Timer to Increase Productivity

People lie all the time and the person we tend to lie the most to is ourselves. We do this in dieting and we do this in productivity.

Generally, people are honest about their level of productivity and quality of work, but they tend to delude themselves as to how much time it took to complete that work. They also think they can multitask efficiently, even though they probably can't.

A useful trick is to time yourself with a task. This will work wonders to combat your inability to stay on task. Think of it as taking the bar exam again. Remember how much attention you paid to the clock?

Psychologically, it may be more productive to actually use an old-fashioned stopwatch. Using this device can help zero in on productivity and block out other distractions. The clock will also compel you to finish your task by an actual deadline. Here's a trick: give yourself slightly less time than you think you'd need to finish the task. You'll find the quality more focused and tight.

2. Pretend You Only Have Three Hours to Work

Even if you have the full workday ahead of you, pretend you only have three or four hours to complete all your important work. Get all the tasks of consequence finished in the morning and do all the "slacking off" later in the day.

3. Take Care of Menial Tasks in a Fifteen Minute Block

Everyone has menial, busy-work tasks that have to be done. If you can manage to create a list of them and take care of them all at the very beginning of the day in 15 minutes, you'll find that a fair number of your insurmountable tasks were really just annoyances. Simply getting rid of these tasks will free up about an additional hour of time you frankly can better spend relaxing rather than worrying.

If you give these tricks a shot, you may find that you had time you never knew existed.

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