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(The Lean Law Firm Blog)

E184: Want to make delegating tasks at your law firm easy? This tip is for you!

delegation May 31, 2023
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Pop quiz! What's the biggest cause of lost time & money in most law practices? Is it:

(a) the time you spend waiting for stuff,

(b) correcting errors and redrafting,

(c) the number of emails you have to wade through every day, or

(d) the hours you spend in useless meetings?

Answer: None of the above (although those are pretty annoying too)!

The biggest source of waste in law practices is the wrong people doing the work.

This Week’s Tip: Learn to delegate and stop wasting your high-value time!

Every minute you spend on an administrative task is a minute you’re not doing the higher-value work that requires your specific expertise. I don’t think we’re alone in saying that it's both exhausting and expensive to keep doing all the work yourself!

Surveys show that the average lawyer spends up to 5 hours daily on unbillable practice management tasks and other admin work.

So let's do the math. Multiply YOUR hourly rate by 5…

That’s how much money you’re leaving on the table when you do your own admin work. Why? Because you can definitely find someone to do that work for a lot less than your hourly rate (and probably faster, too!).

Once you delegate these basic tasks, you can invest those five hours into higher-value, revenue-generating work, marketing and business development, or just getting home earlier when needed.

This month we’ve been talking a lot about delegation and given you some tips to start delegating to get ready for a much-deserved, stress-free summer break!

  • We introduced the    
  • We shared an alternative to internal delegation for any pertinent legal work that needs to happen during your absence (whether you’re on vacation or just need time away from the office!)
  • We also gave some tips for using   

You might think you're too busy to teach someone how to do everything you do. Or they'll make too many mistakes. Wrong!

When you learn to delegate effectively, the work will be done right without you doing it yourself, you'll be able to grow your revenue and your business, and you can stop doing the stuff that grinds you down and get back to the work you love!

The problem is everyone says you need to delegate, but no one tells you HOW to do it - that’s where we come in.

Your Action Item Take the Delegation Express mini-course

This mini-course will teach you our proven 5-step approach to sustainable delegation. By the end of the course, you won’t ever feel like you should have just done it yourself!

Here’s how it works;

  • We’ll teach you a straightforward framework for ensuring you have the right people (or technology!) doing the right work the right way.
  • You’ll walk away with an actionable plan for getting work off your plate.
  • Plus, you’ll get tips, strategies, and our guide packed with outsourcing resources

If you think you’re too busy to take the course, don’t worry! Delegation Express comes as 5 short micro-lessons that you can easily slot into your day (or binge-watch in less than one afternoon).

P.S. If you’ve already taken Delegation Express, great! If you know someone who could use it, please forward this Tip of the Week to them. 



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