WFH: A Paralegal’s Guide

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1. Plan your day

It is always a good feeling to start work knowing exactly what we have to do and how to do it. It is also a good feeling to finish work knowing exactly what we have accomplished throughout the day and what to expect tomorrow.

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2. Email Auto Responses

Whilst working from home we lose the luxury of being able to quickly pop our heads into the offices of our colleagues, or inform them of an update as they walk past our desk. This means that during the lockdown we have had to think differently about using the tools at our disposal to maintain a good level of communication and manage the expectations of our colleagues.

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3. Complete One Thing at a Time

One way of describing productivity could be “the state of efficiently completing tasks in an order which accounts for their level of priority and proportionate use of resources”. If this is true, then laser sharp focus on one thing at a time, instead of thinly spreading attention over multiple tasks, is paramount to getting the important things off of your desk.

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4. Control your time

We’ve all heard the cliché that time is our most valuable asset. If you have noticed that despite having more time in your day (owing to not having to travel and get ready for work) you have less time for yourself, it may be that you have lost control over how you spend your time, and importantly, who and what has access to it.

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5. Schedule time for YOU

Last but not least, scheduling time for yourself is the key to ensuring you maintain balance between your work and personal life. Whether it’s going for a walk, spending time with your kids or working out, this “me time” is the most important part of your day because it is what allows you to recalibrate and reset before you start working again.

Closing Thoughts

We are all works in progress. But remember, regardless of how intelligent you are, you’re less valuable to your team and your clients if you’re burnt out, unproductive or disorganised.

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Aaron Mayers

Aaron Mayers

Pupil Barrister, Public Speaker, Writer