The multitasking lawyer: myth or reality?
The legal sector is increasingly demanding the presence of "multitasking" lawyers. Moreover, there is a demand for these tasks to be carried out as quickly and efficiently as possible
Just as a professional who is able to perform several different tasks at the same time in the same day, this factor can also be negative for a firm, as it can take time and dedication away from each of the tasks.
To avoid professional burnout or poorly performed work, we recommend that you take note of these tips:
- Relativise and organise each of the tasks.
As you have many - and different - tasks to perform during each working day, the important thing is to sit down for a few minutes and organise when you are going to perform each task. You have to be fair with the time you will give yourself for each task.
Through this method, you will better relativise all the tasks you have pending and, above all, this technique will help you to focus fully on each task at the right time.
- Adapt yourself
Scheduling all the tasks of the day is easy, the hard part is to do them all within the estimated time and deadline. From time to time unforeseen events will occur that will make you have to focus on other tasks or postpone the completion of a certain task.
It is therefore very important that you train your ability to adapt. Be fully aware that, even if you do not complete all the tasks you had planned, at least complete the most urgent or vital ones for the firm.
- Focus on what is important
This is another difficult issue to put into practice. As described above, unforeseen events will shake up our daily and weekly schedule. We have to be persistent and distinguish the really important from the clearly superfluous.
A lawyer has to know how to work under pressure, but he also has to be able to distinguish which tasks have to be completed in his working day, and to do this he has to learn to "block the time" of work in blocks and to demand of himself extreme fidelity to his timetable.
What is planned should not be changed, unless it is really a major eventuality.