A Proactive Diagnosis
As you may know, my job as the Law Practice Doctor is to help you have a profitable solo law firm and still have a life.
Part of this is ensuring that you keep your health, so that you can properly enjoy your free time when you get it!
You might have already come to experience the considerable amount of stress associated with being solo, but if you are still transitioning, please don’t make the mistake of underestimating what is involved in running your own business.
It’s not the same as being an employee or associate, and the more realistic you are about the demands that will be placed on you, the better you will be able to deal with feelings of overwhelm.
This article is going to look at 5 helpful stress management tips for all you brave solo law practitioners out there.
Efficient Time Management
This is an important area to look at first, because a lot of stress that solo attorneys experience is due to heavy caseloads combined with the demands of managing business operations.
The more efficient you are with your time management, the more you will get done, and the less likely you will be rushed to meet deadlines.
I wrote previously on one of the best ways to increase your productivity and time management, which you can read by clicking here.
Essentially, it involves organizing and prioritizing your day the night before and sticking to it.
The increased productivity that will result if you stay disciplined with this method will not only reduce your stress levels but will help to increase your profits as well.
Keep it Organized
Having a tidy and zen- like working zone will have a positive effect on your mental state.
An organized office will engender feelings of calm and it will be more enjoyable to work in.
In addition, you won’t be scrambling for missing pieces of paper and documents that you need to meet your deadlines.
I wrote on this subject in more detail as well. You can check out that article by clicking this link.
Taking short breaks throughout the day will give you the energy to complete fuller days. This is especially true over the long-term.
Your success will be built one day at a time, not overnight, so take care of yourself with this in mind.
By getting outside and breathing the fresh air a couple times each day, you will recharge your batteries and clear your head.
It also gives you a chance to refocus, so when you go back to the office you will get right to it.
Is It Worth Your Time
If you are having a particularly stressful week, and you are able to defer or completely eliminate unimportant tasks, go ahead and do so.
In fact, I recommend taking a strong close look at all potential tasks and making fast decisions about whether or not they are even worth your time.
The more you can reduce these distractions and time-sucking activities and focus on tasks with deadlines and profit-making opportunities, the better off you and your business will be.
You might even consider hiring a remote virtual assistant and get used to delegating non-revenue generating tasks.
Check out Upwork to see what is available to you in this regard.
Set Your Boundaries and Stick To Them
It can be too easy to bring your work home with you from the office, so I recommend setting strong boundaries that will ensure you get that needed time away to fully recharge.
Cut yourself off from work-related emails and phone calls and do the things in life that you most enjoy instead.
As I mentioned previously, your success is a long-term endeavor, so make sure you get there by giving yourself the rest and time off that you need.
There you have it, 5 stress management tips that you can start using immediately.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, so I invite you to peruse the rest of my blog articles where I discuss this subject frequently.
If you would like a more one-on-one approach to fine-tune your practice, I am also available for coaching consultations, which you can arrange by contacting me here.
Burnout is avoidable, and stress can be managed. You just have to be proactive about it!
Don’t wait until it is too late to start employing these 5 strategies to keep your stress levels down.
To your success!
Until next time.