By Claudia King, CEO + Founder
It’s happened. The thing that strikes terror into the hearts of even the most organised lawyers every year. The Christmas displays are going up! The countdown is on.
As the end of the year draws (rapidly) nearer, our calendars fill up with all kinds of seasonal commitments and carving out a full working week gets harder and harder. We see friends, family and even colleagues begin to wind down, giving themselves permission to coast along to the finish line of another year. It’s tempting to go with the flow, to throw our hands up and say, “I’ll do it next year”.
Don’t. Next year never comes (metaphorically speaking – 2020, a brand new decade, is actually hurtling towards us at breakneck speed).
Forget about New Year’s resolutions. Resolve right now to finish the year strong!
To end 2019 with a bang, not a whimper, you need to do three things.
The clock is ticking and just when you need it most, your time is becoming an even more precious commodity thanks to all the seasonal hoopla heading our way.
I’m not advocating being a grinch and avoiding the annual melee of lunches and parties (after all, what a great opportunity for you to connect with people and passionately promote your law firm and online legal solution). But, with all these distractions around, you need to be even more focused on what you need to do.
Here are some of my top tips for getting shit done during the silly season:
Schedule time with your key team members to look back and take stock of 2019. What strategies and tactics worked? Which bombed? What did you learn about your systems, your processes, your clients?
It’s only by knowing where we’ve been that we can adequately plan to move forward.
Encourage people to be honest about the failures. It’s human instinct to gloss over what didn’t work but some of our greatest learnings come from missteps (and at the very least, knowing something doesn’t work gets you one step closer to figuring out what will).
Write it all down. You might be known for your unerring memory day-to-day but honestly, after a brilliant summer holiday half my team (me included) struggle to remember their login on day 1!
Don’t forget to give yourself and your team a hearty pat on the back and celebrate all the successes – big and small – that you’ve achieved in 2019.
2020 is two months away. Sheesh! Remember when it wasn’t just the future but like the Sci-Fi future? We were all going to be riding hoverboards, or teleporting through dystopian cities!
Instead you’re going to be spending 2020 building your a scalable law firm and generally being rad! To do that you need a plan – a roadmap for success.
If you wait till January to establish your plan for 2020, you can’t hit the ground running. Without a clear path your team will head off in ad-hoc directions and you’ll be halfway through Q1 before everyone is on the same page. (Plus you’ll be staring out the window wishing you were at the beach instead of setting KPIs).
If you’re struggling to articulate your 2020 goals or want a coach and mentor who can push you to achieve more, book a FREE strategy session with my team. During the call we’ll chat with you to determine:
If we think you’re a good fit, we may invite you to join our Scale Up program (probably the single best way you can finish 2019 strong!).
Scale Up has been designed specifically to help driven, high-earning, high-achieving entrepreneurial lawyers like you. It will show you how to achieve higher levels of success and have a bigger impact on the world. Scale Up teaches a clear, step-by-step process for using automation to scale your law firm from 6-figures to a million dollars.
If that sounds like you, click HERE to book your strategy session.