We all have the same amount of time, and enough of it. It is just that some of us utilize time much more effectively than others, argues Mark Powers and Shawn McNalis in their new book Time Management for Attorneys: A Lawyer’s Guide to Decreasing Stress, Eliminating Interruptions and Getting Home on Time. The title of the book is to some extent a misnomer, because it is much more than a book about time management. It is about adopting and adhering to personal and professional statements as to how you want to live your life both inside and outside of the office. It is about focus management and energy management, performing similar and repetitive tasks within the same block of time and performing challenging tasks at a time of day when you are at your best.

The authors also set forth a road map for unshackling you from the technician’s life at your desk, helping to turn you into an entrepreneur. This process all begins with careful client selection and educating your clients to need you, while being willing to deal with other personnel in your firm. Successful delegation, the creation of “designated hitters”, and making of “preemptive strikes”, are some of the tools taught by Powers and McNalis which will create significant free time for you to work on, and grow your business. And yes… don’t forget to use that new found time for family, hobbies, volunteerism, recreation, spirituality, and God forbid, a long vacation.

Eric Goidel
Borah Goldstein Altschuler Nahins & Goidel, P.C.
New York, New York

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