Lost Time: How to Build a More Efficient Schedule

Lost time isn’t only a phenomenon affecting alien abductees.  It happens to business owners too.  I mean, think about how often you feel like: where did that last hour go?  This is a common occurrence. But, most businesspeople, including most lawyers, just shrug it off and move along.

With a little bit of effort, though, that lost time can be found, and can become the fulcrum for driving personal efficiency.  And there’s an easy way to find that lost time too.  Utilizing an automated time tracker (like Chrometa or timeBro) will allow you to view time logs for each day you work, without having to manually generate those time logs.  Automated time trackers manage your time across devices, and prompt you to add time manually when you have been away from your devices for an extended period of time.

Now, when you lose an hour, you’ll know why.  And, you can make adjustments to your schedule accordingly.

What you do with those results are the key.

For example, if you find that you’re super-efficient from 7-9 am every day, that’s a good time to work on big projects.  Or, if it seems like you always zone out from 1-2 pm, why not schedule in lunch and a break, at that time.  Most attorneys, even those working from home, stick to a 9 to 5 schedule; but, in the modern world, that’s no longer a requirement – not that it’s ever been.  So, attorneys should be aligning their schedules with their work habits, even if most don’t.

Lawyers track time for clients; but, attorneys who track their own time, and apply what they learn to their schedules, are generally more efficient.

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If you want to get a better handle on your personal schedule, we can help.

The Wyoming State Bar offers free law practice management consulting services through Red Cave Law Firm Consulting.

To request a consult, visit the Wyoming State Bar’s law practice management page, and start running your law firm like a business.

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