Meetings You Need to Have – Part 1
October 31, 2012
Filed under: Meetings — @ 1:43 pm
I’ve previously blogged about meetings, how deadly they can be, and how to improve them.
However, some meetings are essential. I recently gave a presentation about focus management to a group of successful attorneys. Among other things, my co-presenter, Vinnie Bonazzoli, and I talked about weekly meetings you should schedule on your calendar. The audience surprised me by wanting to know more.
Vinnie and I both recommend that you have a meeting with yourself once a week. Why? So you can focus on what you need and want to do over the next seven days.
So, consider doing the following first thing every Monday morning:
1. Close the door and turn off the ringer on your phone. DO NOT CHECK YOUR EMAIL!
2. Write down the good things you accomplished over the last week (to get your confidence up).
3. Look at your calendar for the next week to see what’s coming up.
4. Look at your revenue for the month. How close are you to your goal? How much money do you need to make this week?
5. Look at your list of open cases and prioritize the work you need to do, with an eye to working on the cases that will bring in the most money.
6. Check your long-term goals. What can you do this week to move them forward?
7. Review your wins again (so you get your confidence up again).
If you do this every week, my guess is that you’ll have the necessary clarity to accomplish what you want. On the other hand, if you don’t have your self-management meeting, I predict you’ll have trouble growing your business — and be frustrated by the feeling that you’re constantly running just to stay in place.
Please let me know how this helps you!