Over at the Small Firm Innovation blog there’s been a number of terrific posts with some of the legal industry’s top minds sharing their thoughts on time management.
Niki Black kicks the discussion off with a discussion of how the just-released iPhone 4S’s digital assistant Siri can be used to more efficiently manage our time. Niki describes how Siri’s voice recognition facilities not only allow iPhone 4S users to efficiently and easily create appointments, tasks to help with managing their time, but how they can save time by dictating these items while we would otherwise be unproductive (such as while commuting).
Chad Burton picks up this line of thinking with a description of how he manages his time using some old-school tricks, such as dictation, to help make the most of his time. By combining new technologies like cloud computing with “old school” technologies like dictation, Chad is able to get work done anywhere, anytime.
Jared Correia describes time management as a variant of task management in “Two Tiers in a Bucket: Time Management on Lock Down.” Jared puts a novel metaphor at work by viewing tasks as boats moving through a canal lock system – by relentlessly reviewing and advancing tasks through this staged system, we will be able to keep on top of (and keep advancing) our most important tasks.
Donna Seyle shares her Top 10 tips on time management in “How to Manage Not to Waste Your Time” – importantly, Donna points out that implementing these time management techniques take time. In what will become a paradoxical non-starter to some, we need to budget time to implement time management practices.
Meanwhile, Carolyn Elefant, in a post titled “Got No Time for Time Management” outlines her skepticism of time management practices in general. So-called time management consultants try to sell us a utopia where we go home at 5 PM sharp with everything on our to-do list crossed off, but the realities of the modern workday make this an impossible (and maybe even an undesirable?) end-game.
What are your thoughts on time management? Let me know about your own tips and tricks in the comments.