There are so many things you could be doing right now. How do you choose the right thing to do to move your practice forward? I have often gotten stuck in this place of analysis paralysis where I spend so much effort and energy analyzing my practice that I cannot make a decision on how to advance my practice.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a champion of data collection and analysis when it comes to your practice. I love creating spreadsheets and bar charts to illustrate where I am succeeding and where I need to improve. But if you focus so much on the data collection and the analysis, you might not ever get anything done.
There are several things that you can do right now that can put you over the edge when it comes to your analysis paralysis. These 21 tips are divided up among 4 of the most important categories in your law practice:
- Sign up for a free case management tool trial;
- Set up your first case;
- Invite your client to the client portal;
- Start automating your document creation; and
- Start billing and accepting payments online.
- Do an aerial view of your caseload;
- Make a list of every project you have open;
- Determine a next action for every project on your list;
- Go to the first next action item on that list and do it, then do the second, and then do the third, etc.; and
- Add time on your calendar next week to repeat.
- Write a blog post. Now;
- Follow an online marketing expert like Darren Rowse, Pat Flynn, or Michael Hyatt;
- Revise (or write) your professional bio to focus on your client’s problem not your resume;
- Update your practice areas on your website;
- Create a Facebook ad; and
- Sign up for Buffer and schedule out a week’s worth of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram posts.
- Buy a Fujitsu iX500 ScanSnap Document Scanner (PA03656-B305) (affiliate link);
- Start scanning everything that comes in, that you send out, and that you create in house;
- Delegate shallow tasks;
- Create your ideal work week; and
- Carve out time for deep work.
These are just a few high level tips to help yo escape your analysis paralysis. If you are like me, you want a full out plan for each and every item above. That is great! But if you keep refining the plan but never actually execute it, there is no benefit to you or your practice. In the meantime, start working on these things and you will be better off tomorrow than you are today.
Let us know what you think! What are your go to tasks for breaking out of analysis paralysis? Comment below or send us a message. We’d love to hear from you.