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Starting a Law Firm | Plugging the Leaks

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Starting a Law Firm | Plugging the Leaks

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy!

I read several blogs about business, law, criminal law, real estate, and some other stuff. One of them I read the other day was talking about productivity, which for me, lately, has been an area of focus. In the context I’m thinking, productivity simply means getting the most you can out of every day. By taking a couple of minutes it’s pretty easy to think of some ways to increase productivity – outsourcing work you don’t need to to, creating standard operating procedures to systematize what can be systematized, and on and on. But there’s another way to increase productivity, and it’s something I refer to as plugging the leaks.

Oh, and before I get too far, I didn’t come up with the term “plugging the leaks.” I read it on a blog somewhere (can’t remember where) and that’s what they called it. I think it describes perfectly what goes on, so I adopted it too.

The idea behind this concept is that we all have leaks, those things that hold us back from being as productive as we can. For some it’s facebook, for others it’s the latest edition of Us Weekly, for others it’s politics. Whatever it is, we all have these things that hold us back from doing the things that we should be doing. Most leaks are self-created, meaning we simply choose to allow the leak, rather than it choosing us.

After reading this blog post I identified precisely with what the guy was talking about. I’ve got several leaks, some related to starting a law firm, some not. As with any problem, I think the first step is identifying those leaks and coming up with ways to plug the leaks, to prevent them from affecting you.

Anyone that knows me could probably list off most of my personal leaks – television, reading, golf, sports. These things get in the way of accomplishing what I need to do on a daily basis. For example, I often mean to work from home, but with the television on, I just get sucked in, even if the show is terrible. So I need to come up with some ways to get away from the television. And for me, out of sigh out of mind works pretty well, so it may be as simple as taking myself somewhere that the TV isn’t.

But I know you all don’t care about my personal leaks. You want to know about my professional leaks. The things that keep me from having the best law firm I can have. Well, here are just a couple.

First, I tend to over think things a bit, particularly when it comes to the design of my law office, law firm marketing, and things of that nature. I talk about doing things and write them down on my to-do list and then I read a lot about what I should be doing, think a lot about what I should be doing, instead of just doing it. For example, I’ve been thinking about what rug to get for my law office entry for three days now. I know at the end of the day it really doesn’t matter that much, but I want everything to fit so perfectly that it slows me down.

Second, I let myself get easily distracted. I always mean to turn off my email and work on something continuously for a bit. But it’s really tough for me to do. And, by the way, notice I said “let” myself get distracted. It’s completely my decision.

So, moving forward, the plan is to start plugging the leaks. I know it’s going to take a lot of willpower, and it’s likely going to be a long process. But I’m going to get there. And it’s going to start today. I’m pulling the trigger on the rug.

What are your leaks and what are you doing to plug them?

P.S. – we have a new law firm mascot – meet Piper!

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