October 2013
Snippets: Small Tips to Help Grow Your Law Practice in Big Ways
Sometimes it feels like such an endeavor to write a full article and I know that, at times, it can feel like an endeavor to read a full article, as well. Now that technology has allowed us to interact with the world in snippets of time rather than actually have to truly engage, it appears that we all have elected to receive our information in small doses. So this time, my article is going to be in small pieces, small tips to help you grow your law practice in big ways:

Turn your to-do list into a delegation worksheet

Not sure what to delegate? Try this simple exercise: Make a to-do list of all your regular duties—the tasks you perform every day, week, or quarter. Then look at every item and decide if you can delegate it to an employee. Since they’re all tasks you’ve done before, you’ll have a good idea of how to instruct someone else to do them. You may find that you’ll have to continue doing some tasks yourself. But the overall effect will be to give employees more responsibility and free up more of your own schedule.

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.”

— Ronald Reagan

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

— Mark Twain
Need ideas? Get out of the office and into the nearest coffee shop
Best-selling author J.K. Rowling is said to have written parts of her first novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, in a coffee shop. She may have been on to something. Research by the University of Illinois suggests that the amount of noise generated by the typical coffee shop may be conducive to creativity.
Participants in the study were asked to brainstorm product ideas in environments with differing levels of noise. The results: When subjected to about 70 decibels of constant noise—or approximately the level of hubbub found in your local Starbucks—the participants were more creative than they were in the relative quiet of 50 decibels or the louder disruption of 85 decibels. According to Fast Company magazine, the researchers theorize that while quiet reinforces the ability to focus on a task, it does so at the expense of creative thought. The 70-decibel threshold apparently creates a mild amount of distraction, just enough to force your mind to process thoughts and ideas in a more abstract, imaginative way. 

So don’t overdose on the caffeine, but do think about moving to the nearest coffee spot the next time you need to think up something inspiring.
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