Time Management is the Flip Side of the Coin to Billing Time


Time Management is the Flip Side of the Coin to Billing Time

Better time management can reduce long hours in the office spent meeting your billable time goal. Here are a selection of time management best practices:

Keep track of time spent on all tasks (billable and non-billable): You need to know where you spend your time — billable and non-billable. You can see which are the unproductive time wasters and concentrate on your productive tasks. Today there are technological tools that will highlight time wasting activities.

Prioritize tasks: Time management is partly developing the ability to discern what needs to be done from the rest and then doing it — promptly.

Create a To-Do list and sort your tasks into four categories:

  • Important and Urgent: Do these First — they are the most important work to be done today.
  • Important but not Urgent: Make room for these... they are longer term goals; schedule them into your day after the important and urgent tasks.
  • Urgent but not Important: These are Time Sinks… schedule them low in priority.
  • Neither Important nor Urgent: Put on the Never Never list — they are not taking you toward any of your goals.

Ask assigning partner for a billable hours goal for a task (keep assignments on budget): When someone assigns a task, ask “How much time do you want me to put into this before we sit down for a review?” You both establish a block of time and a deadline for the task and avoid “project creep.”

Break complex tasks into smaller, manageable bites: Break bigger tasks into bite-sized chunks and allocate those to your time schedule.

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