By Sally Kane
Create a timeline or schedule of tasks to be performed along with their respective deadlines. A diary, spreadsheet or simple "to do" list may suffice – whatever works best for you.
Prioritize tasks and projects in order of importance. Remember to take deadlines and the priorities of clients and your supervisor into account when prioritizing your projects.
Set specific goals and create an action plan. Plan your calendar carefully to ensure that you budget your time properly and don’t over-commit yourself.
Build in extra time to complete a project in case last-minute obstacles arise. Saving everything for the very last minute invites stress and catastrophe.
Delegate tasks if necessary in order to complete projects and meet deadlines. For example, perhaps your secretary can catalogue the trial exhibits so you can concentrate on writing the trial briefs.
Track your progress as you approach deadlines. Set small goals and make sure you stay on target every step of the way.
Allocate blocks of time to complete daunting projects. Break large projects into smaller, more manageable pieces or tackle the project in stages.
Create a peaceful and inviting workspace. Working in a jungle of files and clutter inhibits productivity.
Perform your most challenging tasks at your peak performance hours. For example, avoid putting off that 3rd circuit brief until 5:00 a.m. on the day it is due if you are not an early riser.
Don’t strive for perfection, aim for competence and progress. Tthe urge to edit your brief won’t disappear tomorrow so just get it done today.