Applying the Essentialist Mindset to Your Law Practice and Life [LGE 024]

Aug 14, 2018 | Podcast

We’re all trying to do too much. From having too many commitments, to too many activities, and too many work projects – we’re all doing way too much. As a result, we don’t do anything half as well as we could. It’s time to reduce and let go of certain tasks. But how do we make that decision? What needs to go? That’s what I answer in this episode.

I’m currently reading a wonderful book called Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown and it got me thinking about lawyers and how they operate their law practices. Specifically, how lawyers (especially sole practitioners) fill their plates a bit too much. There are many lessons that lawyers can take away from this book to begin eliminating the unnecessary “things” from their lives and focusing on what truly matters.

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • When you try to do all the things, you end up doing them poorly
  • Begin by evaluating your practice area(s). How many are you covering? Are you spreading yourself thin when it comes to the areas of law that you practice
  • Try focusing on a practice area that 1) is niched down and 2) makes up the majority of your client work
  • Why the fear of missing out on work by niching down is an unsupported fear
  • From an administrative and law practice management perspective, being a solo makes it difficult to juggle all of the tasks you must get through. All the more reason to either hire help or reduce the amount of tasks
  • What ethical concerns exist when you’re trying to make every aspect of your business and law practice run on your own
  • How essentialism can help with lawyer burn out by forcing you to ask, “How does this all fit together?”

Resources Mentioned:

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Jess Birken Episode 14

Erin Gerstenzang Episode 18

Jeena Cho Episode 6

Melissa Hall Episode 8 

Jared Correia Episode 12

My Twitter: @zaviehlaw ? How do you see the essentialism ideas applying to your life and law practice

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