Checklists in Your Practice: Increasing Efficiency

We always love a post about how to work more efficiently. That’s why we loved Jim Calloway’s column in LawyersUSA about how to use checklists in practice. The source of Jim’s enthusiasm? Atul Gawande’s book “The Checklist Manifesto.” From the column:

Lawyers tend to be creative problem solvers. The idea of spending the work day following detailed checklists may strike many as a rigid and unappealing business model. But the opposite is actually true. If you are going to have to do many simple and mundane tasks (and we all do), it is better to get them completed in less time and with less effort. That frees up more of your time for the valuable and creative work of lawyering and it might even allow you to go home a little earlier that night.

Read the whole post here.

Click here to read our post about how to handle items that have been sitting on your checklist for too long.

Jim Calloway is the Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association Management Assistance Program and co-produces the monthly podcast, The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology. He is also a legal tech Jedi — having chaired the ABA Techshow and spoken about legal technology just about everywhere one can. Legal tech is often intimidating and bewildering to users — and despite (because of?) Jim’s mastery, he is still able to explain hardware, software, and processes in ways that any lawyer can understand. He’s also the recent winner of a Fastcase 50 award honoring law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders.

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