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Managing Your Time on a Legal Staff Job
By Surajit Sharma

Time management is tough, and it’s even tougher to deal with when you work for law firm. While getting rid of wasteful socialization
saves a lot of time, that particular aspect of time management is next to impossible in law firm work.

The greater part of time management in your job, however,                 •       Excessive desire to please their superiors: Don’t
begins and ends with you. Getting organized and time oriented                     allow your desire for appreciation to force you into
involves kicking time-wasting habits. The person who drags                        saying “yes.” If you are facing a shortage of time, stay
his or her feet at work is actively positioning himself or herself                uninvolved if others can handle the task. People should
at the bottom rung of the ladder. You need to be proactive                        volunteer to take on extra responsibility, but only when
about work-time utilization to keep enjoying success.                             their current responsibilities are under control.

What is common among employees and professionals in other              Be in control. Question yourself about what it is you are trying
fields is common among those in law firm jobs as well. Certain         to achieve. If your objective is logical and productive, orient
work perceptions and outlook problems cause oblivious                  yourself sensibly to get it. If attaining the objective does not
employees to waste time at work in every field. Two of the             stand up to a cost-benefit analysis, it is better to reconsider
most common problems that can cause you to waste time are              your viewpoint and stop destroying yourself.
‘’trying to achieve beyond personal abilities’’ and ‘’need of
self-discipline.’’                                                     Discipline Yourself

Control the Ambitious Streak                                           Though it may seem evident, lack of self-discipline is a
                                                                       key time waster. This problem is often related to being
This is a very ordinary time-wasting trap and almost                   overzealous or procrastinating. It is often difficult to make out
inescapable. It is tough to know your limits until you have            or acknowledge that you lack self-discipline at work. And it is
tested them. It is also not possible to widen or enlarge your          even more difficult when you have developed organized habits
limits unless you try to achieve beyond your personal capacity.        in other spheres of your life.
However, such attempts need to be made logically. Allowing
your zeal to run over in every situation will destroy both your        You know you lack of self-discipline at work:
time and your career. Trying to achieve beyond your abilities
can hinder your career if you do not manage your ambitious                •       There is a lack of clear work objectives or work
streak rationally.                                                                standards

People usually want to overachieve due to:                                •       You are neglecting to follow up on initiatives and work

   •     Excessive need to achieve driven by complexes or peer            •       There is a growing pile of unfinished tasks
         comparison: You are unique. Be yourself and appreciate
         your own abilities. Other people are different and they       Get in control. Start developing and setting standards and
         have their own abilities. Build yourself, and achieve         parameters for assignments. Set concrete objectives in areas
         realistic goals within your abilities.                        that involve key results. Prioritize your work. Determine
                                                                       higher and lower priorities and schedule tasks accordingly.
   •     Overreaction to acts and events: Limit your reaction or       Follow up on work, processes, and initiatives. No one responds
         response in each situation to the actual demands of the       according to your expectations, but everyone responds when
         situation.                                                    you continually track progress. Start on work as it arrives;
                                                                       don’t put it off until deadlines loom.

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Understand that Nobody Works Better Under Pressure                       instincts. A procrastinator whiles away available time by taking
                                                                         it easy until work has piled up; he or she then overreacts and
Many people try to rationalize their lack of self-discipline and         tries to be a hero. This is one of the worst habits that one can
overzealousness with the common assertion “I work better                 develop on the job.
under pressure.” This is a myth. Nobody works better under
greater pressure. This delusion leads people to create crises            Change yourself: Change the world around you.
to motivate themselves into action by activating their survival

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