Today is one of my favorite days of the year – not only because I’m Canadian but because it is the day after all the rush, the celebrating, the greetings and good byes; the day after the hub bub. It’s a day to absorb and reflect.
Long-time readers know my absolute favorite season is the Fall; but second favorite time of year is literally “the New Year” <-which, in my world, is the week after Christmas into the first week of the next year.
This is the time when everyone is still in the holiday spirit but without the frenzied rush. In most law offices, the rare emergency here or there happens, but it’s much more likely for the courts to be closed and lots of people to be on vacation.
Those left in the office feel it – a hush happens as the people and conversations are not going on all around you and the constant ringing of phones stops. It’s the time that instead of frantically darting from one thing to the next, you can focus on the task at hand for more than 5 minutes and take the time to reflect on what is working and what is not.
This is what makes it the perfect time to literally clean out your office – cull and close the files that need closing, throw out the stuff that needs to be tossed and put in place the things you need to stay at the top of your game for the new year ahead.
Hence, why it is a favorite time of year for me! Not only do I get to organize, the auto-pilot type tasks coupled with the almost mindless physical most of it, leaves my brain to ponder – do I want to be doing this again this way NEXT year?! And so I get to ruminate and explore options and improvements as I go… doubling my productivity!
As I clear out the old and think about all that has transpired in the past year, reflect and absorb on all that I have been up to – from redesigning the function of purpose of LegalTypist‘s website (to make it easy to sign up for a service vs. educate the world about working virtually) and then re-creating this site so I can share all I know about all things virtual – I am ending the year on a really positive note – virtually speaking.
Looking ahead, I see a bright 2021 – not only because LT is growing, but I am growing personally too. Through my consulting work, I confirm the tools and techniques I have developed over 2 decades of working virtually, are as useful for others as they have been for me. In 2021, I will go beyond sharing my D-A-F-T productivity system, to share ALL my tools with the world starting with the Law Firm Solutions Community – which opens up for membership in a few short days.
So keep an eye out for my next post – with the link to join. Once you do, you’ll have all I know at your fingertips.
Happy Boxing Day!