Effective Time Management: Your Time Is Your Currency
A typical trait of the exciting yet fast paced modern lifestyles we’re living in, is stress. There are several levels of stress, yet as legal professionals we would shy away from any such diagnosis as it isn’t our field of expertise per se. What we may however speak on, is how to alleviate that stress. Being pressed for time, not meeting requisite deadlines (think of the consequences and implications of not filing a Notice of Bar on time!) may lead to extra costs and work overload – but if one hones the skill of effectively managing their time, that would yield far greater result. Because time when managed well, really is your currency.
‘’Managing my time isn’t about squeezing the as many tasks into my day as possible. It’s about simplifying how I work, doing things faster, and relieving stress.’’ – Work Smarter, Not Harder: 21 Time Management Tips to Hack Productivity, Jordan Bates
Here are 5 do-able time management tips:
- Get a journal/notebook App, write things down and commit to them;
- Create a vision/mission board: which is like a daily planner, this paves your way and gives you a sense of direction for your day;
- Start your day with your trickiest task: it’s called ‘Eating the frog’, get the jobs you least like out of the way in the morning, thereby clearing the rest of your day – productivity will soar (via GlamourUK);
- GET UP EARLIER: ‘What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast’;
- DON’T TAKE SHORTCUTS WHEN LEARNING YOUR CRAFT: Although simplicity is always key, the key point driven here is that you should focus on your given tasks, effectively research and fact check them to avoid costly delays (Pavani Reddy, managing partner at law firm Zaiwalla & Co Solicitors)
- BONUS TIP: And if you’re one for quick effective solutions, SAFLII has an App for IOS and Android phones – where you can instantly access and download case law, legislation et al co/1VR9Ku2
These are only brief points which, incorporated with your work style may aid in your journey to effective time management. As with all great things, it starts with self and we always advocate for pro-activity.
So go out there and succeed.
‘’The belief in human potential recognizes the importance of people, people are important. For any economy to thrive, it must have a bulk of skilled and inspired people forming part of the workforce.’’ – Realising your human potential