A lawyer’s life is fast-paced, stressful, and very intense. They work long hours, get very little time off, and often bring their work home with them.
If you are stressed out and overworked, your productivity will ultimately be impacted. In this article, we are going to outline seven tips that you can adopt to make your life and your legal career easier.
Cut Down on Cases
Turning away cases will lose you money, but it will also give you the time to focus on other cases and hone your skills. The more you develop as a lawyer, the more likely that you are to receive better-paying clients and bigger cases. Cutting back on your caseload might not seem like an option, but it can benefit you tremendously. If you do not need the money desperately, then cut back.
If you have the additional responsibility of running your own law firm, then you will want to market it digitally. Marketing your firm brings in more clients, more cases, and more staff. Finding a digital marketing agency for attorneys should not be difficult. When you take in more clients and hire more staff, you can relax a little more and leave the difficult tasks to your employees. Use your initiative and start a social media page for your firm, as well. Social media is a great way to market in the 21st century, and you can do it yourself for free.
Free up Your Calendar
Whatever line of work you are in, you still need to time off with your friends and family. We are not robots and cannot function when we are working all of the time. Understandably, a legal career is very demanding. That doesn’t mean that you cannot take a day off once a week, however. If you can’t take off, then an afternoon will do. Give time to the people that you love so that you can relax and recharge your batteries. If you are working all of the time, eventually you will burn yourself out.
Outsourcing and Time Saving
Outsourcing areas of your firm to third-party agencies is a great way to save time and make your life easier. Traditionally, a law firm would have a human resources department. Now, you do not need to employ an entire department and instead can outsource your human resources. Outsourcing can save you a lot of money. You can also outsource your accounts to a private accountant, instead of hiring one. Outsourcing can make your firm more efficient and it can also give you the opportunity to focus on other core areas of your firm and make improvements.
Writing up invoices, forms, and letters from scratch can take a lot of time. Templates allow you to boost your productivity and efficiency. They remove the need for you to re-create and re-enter data constantly. Templates also allow you to tailor documents to your client’s specific circumstances. You can download templates or you can make your own and use them again and again. The amount of time that you save by using templates is will be huge. A single invoice can take nearly an hour to format, and legal documents can (and often do) take much longer than that.
Case Management Systems
Digital case management systems are growing in popularity. With these systems, all of your client information is stored on a Cloud database. Instead of having to trek into your office, you will be able to access your files from anywhere in the world and at any time. Case management systems are a very effective tool and can save a lot of time and money. They come with layers of security that are virtually impenetrable and ensure that your client data is backed up in case of any data corruption. They are the best way to store your data.
In your law firm, there will probably be several computers. Instead of having to pay for software individually, you can sign up for centrally hosted ‘on-demand software’. This is essentially subscription-based software that can be shared on multiple devices at once. In the past, you would have to individually buy software, and then install it on a computer. This often added up and costs a lot of money. Now, you pay a small monthly fee and have access to the latest software. SaaS systems are growing popular in all areas of business, and there is no reason for you not to incorporate them into your business.
The life of a lawyer does not need to be as hard as it usually is. The tips listed here, when used correctly, will help to make your life easier. Thank you for reading and good luck.