Organization for Today’s Lawyer

Posted on 06-07-2017 by
Tags: organized lawyer , declutter , time management , organize

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Organized – it’s like this mythical utopia that no one can discover, especially in a law office.

Am I right?

Our society’s obsession with the idea of being organized, but lack of follow through, creates more chaos and stress.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down to organize my paperwork at home to only make a bigger mess. Or organize my son’s toys to find myself so frustrated, I just want to throw them all away!

Don’t worry, I’ve never actually thrown away all of my son’s toys…no matter how tempted I was.

When it comes to organization for the home and office, there are so many options, strategies and tools that many of us have no idea where to begin.

Categorize the Clutter

messy desk

So, I was thinking: How am I going to write about lawyers organizing their lives and offices? I really didn’t know where to begin.

Then it hit me! Split it up in to manageable categories.

Check it out:

Desk Organization

The age old question – can a desk ever really be organized? Ok, so maybe not an age old question per se, but still a good one.

This article from Lawyerist.com talks about how desk clutter decreases productivity. By simply clearing the clutter from your desk, you’ll feel more accomplished and have a better handle on what you need to get done during your work day.

There’s a myth that you must see it to know it’s on your to-do list. Try writing down your to-do list instead, getting the clutter out of your way, and keeping only the thing you are working on at your desk.

Office Organization

Yes, there is a difference between desk organization and office organization. Decluttering your desk is a great first step, but decluttering your office – that’s TRUE organization. It is very easy to collect stuff, to fill up your office, but does that stuff really have a purpose?

Allison Shields, of Legal Ease Blog, breaks down decluttering your entire office space into easy to follow steps.

Although no one promises the purging will be easy, it will feel like a huge weight's been lifted once it’s done.

Time Organization

AKA: Time Management. Aren’t we all chasing this dream? It’s difficult to break old habits and implement an effective time management plan – I’ll be the first to admit, I have a problem with that.

Here's where this post from the Balance comes in. They suggest three simple changes to help you manage your time a little better and get back to productive work.

Some of my favorites:

  • Identify your most productive time of day and capitalize on that.
  • Don’t allow interruptions to distract you.
  • Schedule a meeting-free day each week and focus on the work you need to get done.

Tech Organization

These days, you not only have to worry about organizing your calendar, work space and home, but your technology too. There are so many apps out there that claim to “help” save time and keep you organized, but then they eat up your time with complexity.

Before you try to dive into any apps, check out the article from the American Bar Association’s publication, GP SOLO and see what will work best for you.

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