Learn How to Delegate

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One way you can definitely get the well deserved sleep that you need is to learn how to delegate certain tasks within your firm. Initially, it may be a little hard to do if you are still stuck in the mode of “If I want it done right, I have to do it myself.” Delegation should not be viewed as a negative function within the law firm culture. Delegation offers you the opportunity to have someone else perform certain tasks while you focus on the tasks that actually bring increased value to your firm. Operating from this perspective will elevate your efficiency in work flow and give you the breathing room you need as you balance your career with quality of life concerns.

If you’re not sure how to begin the practice of delegation, try the tips listed below:

Define Your Goals: In order to do this, you must spend some time thinking through particular projects that you wish to delegate. Then, you can assign tasks and measure the progress made by using the initial goal list you created specifically for the project.

Build Your Team: This task involves identifying the person or people to carry out the goals you have set for your various projects.

Move Forward: Now that you have identified your goals and put your team in place, move forward with your action plan.

Communicate with Your Team: Make sure that you communicate with your team so that all involved have clear directions concerning goals, objectives, operating procedures, and performance standards.

Actually, delegation offers a winning situation everyone – you will see a reduction in your workload and your staff will have a chance to develop their skills in a variety of areas. So, as a New Year’s resolution, make it a point to delegate.

The Total Practice Management Association (Total PMA) is dedicated to the advancement of Solicitors, Legal Executives, Paralegals and other legal support staff in their struggle to build and manage a profitable practice without sacrificing their personal life.

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