How To Grow Your Law Practice With A Virtual Assistant

There's a common thread among business owners I meet and work with: they feel they must handle everything themselves. An important capacity-building step is to learn how to delegate tasks. And my friend Lisa Licursi of Elite Virtual Assistants has some important guidance on this step for lawyers! Laura understands that small or solo practices want to keep as much of their money as [...]

Avoid This Delegation Pitfall!

You know what you want done and the result is so clear in your mind so it should be easy to delegate, right? So why do you struggle with the process? Usually it's because you get so wrapped up in the "HOW", you end up micromanaging. When you delegate to skilled helpers, you need to give up control of the middle part or the [...]

Busting the Myth: Delegating Takes Too Long

Effectively delegating is a skill. As with any skill, the more you practice the better you become. Often clients share with me their HORROR stories of the times they have tried to delegate and “failed.” One of the common frustrations is that “by the time they explain it, they could have just done it themselves.” Depending on the task being delegated, this may be [...]

The Solution to “I Don’t Even Know WHAT I Could Delegate”

You have 168 hours each week to design your life. You use some of the hours for sleeping, some for exercising, some for eating, some for showering, some for work, some for family. Do you use more or less than your allotted 168? (Click here to download your complimentary copy of Your Magic 168 Action Guide to help you make more effective use of [...]

Get More Done by Delegating…Like a Pro!

When you have dozens of tasks on a bursting-at-the-seams to do list, you just have to work harder, right? WRONG! This is the time to work SMARTER, not harder, and hand some of those tasks to someone else. After all, there are only 168 hours in your week, and when you try to do EVERYTHING, you'll either forget about or neglect to do something important - for [...]

My Kingdom for a Paperclip: Plan Your Maintenance Activities

One of my favorite sayings when working with clients is "my kingdom for a paperclip." When I use this typically I'm referring to having a big project stall due to lack of planning or not keeping an eye on the details. In your attempt to build your capacity, you are doing a great job keeping the big picture in mind. You may be using [...]

Delegate Like a Pro Even If You Have No One to Delegate To

Does that title sound like an impossible goal to you? Are you tired of being busy, busy, busy all day long, but don't feel any closer to accomplishing your goals? You KNOW you need to create some time in your day to just think so you can approach tomorrow with a plan.  Yet the reality is - how in the world can you find the [...]

Effective Delegating: The Solution to “I Really Like Her – Do I Have to Fire Her”?

Delegating effectively is a tricky concept! If you delegate in too much detail you run the risk of annoying the person you've delegated to AND spending more time than necessary. Yet, if you don't share enough detail you run the risk of the end product not being what you want. Recently a client (we'll call her Lexi) shared her delegating challenge with me during [...]

What’s On Your Family’s “Love” List?

Sometimes we participate in a holiday activity because “it’s tradition.” When is the last time you checked in with the family to be sure they all still enjoy the tradition? Kids grow up and family members’ and friends’ preferences change. Earlier we offered ideas on how to break down holiday tasks into their smallest components. Now it's time to take a closer look at what's on [...]

What’s the “WHY” Behind That Task?

Delegation.  I know - this is one topic I cover OFTEN on my blog.  Why?  Because I sincerely believe this is one of the areas in which you can "gain" a large chunk of time. (Read more on delegation here.) Yet clients often resist delegating. Sometimes the reason is "I just don't have anyone to delegate to".  (See this post for resources) [...]