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The Mentality and Attitudes of Lawyers

New Year’s Resolutions for Lawyers… And Likely Outcomes

Yet another public service. Lawyers are busy people and often do not have the time to get to personal stuff, so I thought that I would help by providing a first rough draft of New Year’s Resolutions for you. Of course, feel free to use this as a precedent and edit for your personal circumstances.

Draft Resolutions Likely Outcomes
  
This year I will learn to say no to clients.“No. Of course it is not a problem to get that to you today.”   
This year I will keep weekends free for my family.“We are all one big happy family at the firm. Let’s have that Zoom meeting on Saturday morning.”
This year I will get all of my dockets in on time.“It’s Friday. Time to get Monday’s dockets in.”
This year I will get my bills out on time.“It’s March. Time to get my January bills out.”
This year I will treat my associates and support staff with respect.“With the greatest of respect, you all have to work harder.”
This year I will take care of my health.“After this deal is closed, I am definitely, absolutely for sure, maybe going to go to the gym.”
This year I am going to get retainers from all new clients.“You seem honest, big, and important, and I am so fortunate that you want to give me this file, so I will waive the retainer this time.”
This year I am going to insist that my retainers be replenished before I do more work.“Our deposit was $5,000.00. We have now done $15,000.00 of work. Would you be kind enough to start paying us $2,000 per month while we keep working and falling behind?”
This year I am going to write articles to promote business.“I asked my associate to do a first draft of the article, but I then loaded her up with so much billable work that she could not get to it. When she finally did the draft, I was too busy to look at it.”
This year I am going to give seminars to promote business.“It was really unrealistic to expect me to prepare for the seminar AND prepare a list of people to invite. All five people who showed up really seemed to like it.”
This year I am going to do my continuing professional development early in the year and get it over with.“Does anyone know about a good CPD program between Christmas and the end of the year?”
This year I am going to stop working for people who annoy me.“I am slow this week and having something to do is better than having nothing to do.”
This year I am going to stop wasting my time reading nonsense on LinkedIn.“I wonder what Murray has written lately.”

You may want to save these to use again next year.

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