For many law firms, business slows during the holidays. And that makes it a perfect time to review your law practice.
Start by Asking 3 Questions
- Am I on target with my goals?
- Are my numbers lining up? (Examine your overhead, major expenditures, profit margins, etc.)
- Am I creating a business that supports and enhances the lifestyle I want to lead?
Create an Action Plan
After you’ve collected the data and done a bit of reflection as these 3 questions require, you’re only half-done. You now need to create an action plan. To help you with this, here are a few questions to answer and suggestions to guide you:
On Your Goals
If I’m on target with my goals, is there something I can do differently to make those goals happen sooner? What are these things I can do? If I’m not on target with my goals, what’s preventing me?
On Your Numbers
Do the numbers look good? Could they look better? How? What actions should I take? (i.e, “improving law firm marketing,” “cutting costs,”)
If I am creating a business that supports the lifestyle I want to lead, is there something that could be improved even more? What are those items? If I am not creating a business that supports the lifestyle I want to lead, what are the obstacles?
Now take a look at each category. List what you came up with. For example, under “goals,” depending upon how you answered the question, you could have listed either 1) Things you could do to make the achievement of those goals happen sooner, or 2) Obstacles in the way of your achieving your goals.
After you’ve listed all the respective items in their categories, then rank them from “Urgently Need to Address;” “Need to Address Soon” “Nice to Address But Not Essential.” And congratulations! You just created your blueprint for a better law practice in the coming year.
A Better 2009 Is Now Yours
By taking a little time at the end of the year to review your law practice, you’ll position yourself for an even better start to the New Year. Plus, by taking this simple step now, you’re already ahead of the competition, since most won’t be using the holidays to review their own law practices.
So . . what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to review your law practice and get a step closer to all that you deserve.