E84: One Easy Way to Maintain Your Improvement MomentumMay 26, 2021
In a fast-moving practice, it’s easy to lose your improvement momentum. It’s hard to remember what you did last week, let alone last month, to make yourself and your practice more efficient. You may feel like you’re not getting ahead because you never look back to see what you’ve accomplished. And that’s discouraging.
Welcome to Gimbal’s Tip of the Week, where you get practical, actionable advice you can use right away to start building a more productive and profitable legal practice.
We’re wrapping up our month of efficiency tips with a quick one for maintaining your improvement momentum: weekly efficiency review sessions. This is a simple, systematic method of taking stock of your operations so you can quickly identify sources of inefficiency and address them before they start affecting your bottom line. These sessions will also help you to keep your improvement momentum going.
You can do a review by yourself or with a partner or team. Simply answer the following questions:
- What did you accomplish this week?
- What worked well this week?
- What can you do next week to accomplish more?
- How can you improve your activity-to-output ratio in the coming week?
If once a week isn’t realistic for you or your team, you’ll still benefit from biweekly, monthly, or even quarterly sessions. Consistency is more important than frequency here. You may even want to do this alone each week and then monthly with your team. Decide what works for you and schedule the recurring sessions in your calendar, sending invitations to teammates where necessary. By making this a ritual in your office, you can nip potential problems in the bud and maximize your efficiency.
So this week’s tip is to schedule (and actually hold!) regular efficiency review sessions to assess the effectiveness of your operations.
Legal professionals who are systematic in their operations deliver more value for themselves, for their firm and, most importantly, for their clients. Put simply, they’re much more likely to be recognized as true value-driven legal professionals.
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