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Too much to do ….

In Balance, women on May 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I have had a busy week. Too many deadlines coming all at once. Being deadline adverse, the very existence of deadlines almost paralyses my thoughts.

I suspect something like this the constant dilemma of the modern lawyer. Too much to do and too little time. As some sort of solution, there are lots of interesting time management blogs.

Useful on how to use lists is:

http://www.thecompletelawyer.com/how-to-use-effective-time-management-to-increase-productivity.html

I also like the idea of a ‘not to do’ list:

http://apps.americanbar.org/lpm/lpt/articles/mgt07061.shtml

But what I also really want is a basic and practical to do list on how to do it. Just simple strategies would do, like emails. Should I answer them first, before doing any thing else; or should they wait a while until I get done that task I really need to do (writing)? What about those big monotonous tasks – a little each day or knock them off so as to clear the way for more interesting endeavours. …

Any ideas?

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  1. One suggestion I have tried to implement is to ‘automate’ as much of the 2nd/3rd shift (ie home!) as I can. Buy multiples so I shop less often, make as many jobs routine as I can. Then I can do them without thinking & getting cross & tired. Of course that’s the ideal, doesn’t always work in practice. 😉 the Theory for routines is explored here: http://m.lifehacker.com/5805092/get-the-important-things-done-without-exhausting-your-mental-energy

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  2. What works best for me is to set a goal each day to achieve alongside all the routine correspondence, reading etc. If I know that I have to write say 1000 words before the end of the day (and that the work day won’t end until it’s done) it focuses my thoughts and encourages me put that time to its most efficient use.

    • you know what they say…if you fail to plan, you plan to fail! Goals are good!

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