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.
|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.