There are many valuable reasons to journal your experiences as you build a practice. Debra Vey-Voda Hamilton shares how journaling helped her successfully rezoom her legal career and shows you how you can do the same.
It is easy for attorneys to get lost in managing all of the emails they receive today. For example, it may sound all too familiar to come into the office, open your inbox, and 4 hours later realize that you have just spent their whole morning organizing and responding to emails. Although we wish emails would just answer themselves sometimes, that isn’t realistic. The best approach, especially for solo attorneys, is to make sure your inbox is organized so it is easy for you to follow up with the most important emails first.
Rules in Microsoft Outlook are a great way to manage your email.
An opportunity to sit on the board of a local nonprofit is finally on the table. Of course, if you accept, the board may ask you to do a little pro bono work from time to time; but hey, it feels like an offer that shouldn’t be turned down. But have you considered all the ethical minefields? We have.
Lawyers and firms who underestimate the risk of a cyber attack or who fail to take affirmative steps to protect their data, have an increased risk of becoming the subject of a disciplinary or malpractice claim. Rule 1.6 Confidentiality of Information, which prohibits lawyers from revealing confidential client information, also speaks to a lawyer’s duty to protect client information. What can you do to mitigate this risk?
There is no exception in the confidentiality rule that says an attorney needn’t worry about maintaining client confidences if an electronic document is in use. That means metadata. If you don’t know what it is, or you know what it is and having been paying attention to the documents you send, you better read this post.
As I close the year 2015 and reflect back on the progress I’ve made on Rezooming my career, I need to share with you a book I’ve read several times over these past 5 years that has made a huge impact on my journey. The book is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It has 17 wonderful steps you can use as guideposts and suggestions to refocus your career.
When you are running your own solo practice, the subject of work-life balance often arises. We discuss prioritizing work with date nights, family time, school plays, exercise, etc. For the most part though, the discussion revolves around couples and concerns regarding marital quality time and children.
For some reason when you are single no one talks about the work-life balance of building your business and trying to find a suitable partner. Well, let’s discuss it.
In the big scheme of things, I confess my rezooming office is a mess. I know where everything is. Yet my family walks by and scratches their collective head. This past January, I addressed the piles of paper in need of filing. I emptied out my office completely, putting everything in like/kind piles on my dining room table. I knew the organizational process would take time but clearly I would be done before I needed to use the table again. But is a messy office the sign of a brilliantly creative mind?
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