24 February 2021

How lawyers can improve their "to do list"


Lawyers have to perform many tasks throughout their working day. Normally, the time to carry them out is limited, as lawyers spend time dealing with their clients, or planning with their departmental colleagues

The issue is that lawyers usually structure all their tasks under a to do list, commonly known as a "to do list"

The problem arises when not all tasks are completed on time, as having tasks so structured creates the false belief that they will be done in a short time.

To avoid getting frustrated with a never-ending list of tasks, here are two basic tips to keep in mind:

1. Divide your list

Your to-do list will contain many tasks of varying difficulty. What you can do is to divide or classify the tasks according to their degree of difficulty or importance. This way you can limit the entry of some tasks that are not relevant to be done in a short period of time.

In turn, the tasks have to be ranked by the average time in which you think they can be completed. This step is very relevant for setting the order of the tasks.

2. Be realistic with the average time of the tasks

When you try to classify tasks by time, you will realise that many of them will not be well planned, since many of them will take longer than initially thought. 

Therefore, learn to be aware of how inaccurate your expectations may be in this regard. And if you continue to fail in your foresight, plan your to-do list in such a way that you foresee that tasks will take longer than expected.

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