Friday, January 6, 2012

Time Management: Done is the New Perfect

Melanie Pinola’s “The Done Manifesto Lays Out 13 Ground Rules for Getting to Done” at lifehacker. Still perfecting your business plan? Editing and re-editing your website copy? Tweaking draft after draft of your LinkedIn profile so that it reads “just right”? Re-running the Google search just to make sure nothing new has been published in the past hour on [insert research topic of the day here]? You’re probably not alone. But you’re probably not going to get very far on your to-do list, either.

Lawyers tend to approach work as if each project were so important that there is unlimited time to get it done. It’s not true. There’s never enough time, there’s always more work to do, and there’s always someone waiting for you to finish your part so they can start working on theirs.

Fortunately for you (and for them), done is the new perfect. Done is what gets work out the door, gets checks in the bank, gets new clients on the phone and into the office. So read this post, and then get your work done. Before lunch. So you can do that other thing you’ve been meaning to get to when you had a little extra time.

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