How To Manage A Law Firm – Keep It Organized

Everything In Its Place, Every Place Has Its Thing

How to manage a law firm is a complex subject, and today I’m going to take a quick look at one small, simple feature that will help your productivity, your mental well-being, and could quite potentially affect your marketing margins.

It’s all about organizing your work space.

A no-brainer right?

Well, you would be surprised how many untidy offices I’ve come across.

And while it may be common sense to keep things organized, you might not be aware of how important it actually is, and the latent effects involved.

Let’s proceed shall we.

Productivity Gains

Chaos and disorganization can waste your time.

Full stop.

According to the National Association of Professional Organizations, paper clutter is the No. 1 problem for most businesses, and studies show the average person wastes 4.3 hours per week searching for papers.

Add to that the greater potential for distractions, and you’re losing more time and more focus, and building up stress along the way.

What To Do About It

There are a ton of helpful tips and suggestions online to help get your office space organized.  Here’s a good one to get you started.

I highly recommend the two-minute rule.  It’s easy.  If something is going to take two minutes or less, do it right then and there.

Try it out, you’ll see.

It will help you get the ball rolling if you are just beginning the process of organization, and it will keep your space organized once you get it there.

And this is important, because a cluttered space also affects your mental state, which then loops back into your productivity, and around and around we go.

Feel Clear And Focused

As you enter your crisply organized office, you will feel more calm and competent, and ready to get down to the day.

That’s because an ordered and tidy work space is going to give you a greater sense of control over your environment, and the lack of distractions will allow you to focus.

That’s the key word.  Focus.

If you’re more productive, you’re less stressed.  If you’re less stressed, you’re more happy, and that’s what I want for you!

And there’s there one more thing worth mentioning.

What Your Office Says To Your Clients

Let’s say you walk into attorney A’s office, and you see a cluttered desk, stacks of folders and papers, golf balls strewn about, half drawn shades, an overflowing waste basket.  It is almost hard to walk around.

You get the idea.

Now, attorney B’s office is spacious, clean and tidy.  There are a few ordered piles next to the computer on his desk, pens are in a holder, books are stacked and put away, and light is streaming into the spacious interior.

Now ask yourself who’s more likely to have your case files misplaced?  Who is more likely to be wasting time searching for errant pieces of paper?  Who looks more professional and on the ball?

Who would you hire?

Remember, everything you do either builds your reputation or puts it into decline, and every person who enters your office has the potential to be a customer or refer you to one.

Closing Words

There it is, simple right?  Everything adds up when you are managing your law firm, so don’t miss this opportunity to increase your odds of success!

Until next time!

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