How lawyers can avoid the dangers of procrastination
Whether it’s leaving a university essay until the last minute or deciding to sort your sock drawer instead of doing your taxes, procrastination is something everyone struggles with in life. However in your law practice, the results can be more damaging. In the past five years LAWPRO has received nearly 300 claims resulting from ‘procrastination’, at a cost of $12.5 million.
The Washington State Bar Association’s Lawyer Assist Program has an article that looks at how lawyering and procrastinating often go hand in hand. When Procrastination Rears Its Ugly Head explains how a combination of the nature of legal work and the stresses on lawyers can result in procrastinating as a “coping strategy when the work becomes intolerable”. The article offers some helpful tips on how lawyers can structure their workflow and expectations of the themselves to reduce the problem.
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