After doing weeks and weeks of research on The Google Plus Project I was on information overload! Those people at Google change everything all the time. I was endlessly updating my presentation up to the last minute. The morning I presented they had announced one of the biggest changes to their algorithms since 1996 to include semantic search! I just couldn’t keep up.
Staying on top of all the innovation with Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can be exhausting. And if you don’t stay focused on what’s important, you can waste a lot of valuable time. I’m sure it’s the same for you in your law practice. I recently came across an interesting article titled Two Lists You Should Look At Every Morning from Harvard Business Review that hit the nail on the head. I wanted to share it with you. The author, Peter Bregman basically says that in order to “pause, prioritize and focus” do two things every morning:
“List One – Your Focus List (the road ahead) – What are you trying to achieve? What makes you happy? What’s important to you? Design your time around those things. Because time is your one limited resource and no matter how hard you try, you can’t work 25/8.
List Two – Your Ignore List (the distractions) – To succeed in using your time wisely, you have to ask the equally important but often avoided complementary question : What are you willing not to achieve? What doesn’t make you happy? What’s not important to you? What gets in the way?”
Bregman goes on to share the moment when he’s so busy paying attention to the emails coming into his Blackberry and responding that he doesn’t notice the CEO of the company in the elevator next to him. When your wrapped up in the little things and don’t focus on the big deal, and then it all blows up on you.
Make note that the title of the article says to look at these two items “Every Morning” and be proactive about it each day. Think about what you need to focus on everyday before you sit down at your desk to dig into the tactical things. Otherwise you get wrapped up in them and valuable time is lost on the things that don’t generate revenue or help you grow your practice.
It comes down to focus and time management. Focus on the important stuff and throw the rest aside. Cast it to the wind and remove the rest from the equation. Simplify…It even sounds nice! Ask yourself….What’s your plan for today?