Adjusting to the new reality of working from home has been challenging for everyone, including those who work in the legal space. During these unprecedented times, we have all had to quickly shift gears and adapt to working in a way that is entirely new to most of us. Despite the challenge, we have found that it is possible to get work done in a timely and efficient manner while working from home, thanks to these simple tips:
- Create a dedicated workspace. Defining a space where you can concentrate and get work done is good practice. Ideally, try to set up a home office, but if you do not have space, try to set up a mock office at your kitchen table or coffee table. There are many distractions, such as television and streaming services, in the home. If you have a dedicated space, avoiding those distractions will be easier to help you to get your work done.
- Structure your day with intention. Make a schedule and stick to it. Make time for work and downtime. Even more importantly, break up and schedule your day around your cases, meetings, and calls. Making lists and scheduling times to accomplish these tasks is a very beneficial practice.
- Take frequent, planned breaks. Scheduled breaks make it easy to balance the temptation of TV and social media with your need to get work done, so you can take that time to indulge in something that makes you happy. While mental breaks are important, we also recommend taking time for daily exercise. Even if you are not working from home, exercise is so key to producing good work product.
- Embrace new technology. Many firms have transitioned to using software like Zoom for virtual meetings with colleagues and clients. Using such technology will enable you to keep in touch with other members of your firm or company. Although this transition may feel strange at first, many of us enjoy seeing colleagues and clients while speaking to them, instead of just having calls with them.
- Don’t get complacent. It is easy to fall into the trap of not keeping a schedule or not concentrating as well as you would have if you had been in the office. Keep working and billing. All lawyers have a professional responsibility to continue to represent their clients in a zealous manner despite the current conditions.
Coronavirus has made the practice of law a challenge, but like so many other industries, the practice of law will go on, and the work needs to get done. At Milikowsky Tax Law, our representatives have settled into their work-from-home situations and are prepared to discuss your taxes today.