What you can learn from a bricklayer
Is there too much chaos and stress in your law practice?
Well, you can dramatically improve your operations (and lower your stress levels) by studying bricklayers.
I studied the bricklayers working in my backyard recently, and it was quite interesting.
Solo and small firm lawyers could learn a lot by paying close attention how bricklayers work.
Systems are crucial
The three workers I observed obviously had a well-developed system for doing their job.
They didn’t just start plopping down bricks.
First, they poured concrete into the area where the bricks would go.
Then they drove stakes and ran string to mark exactly where the bricks would be positioned.
This is the bricklayer’s version of “measure twice, cut once.”
Systems take time to create
It took them two days of prep work. No bricks were laid during that time.
Overall they spent about 30% of the total project time just setting things up.
They made absolutely sure they adhered to the previously worked-out system.
Well, because following a system helps avoid silly mistakes (and mistakes take time to correct).
And it ensures the results will be flawless (which is what customers properly expect).
Of course, it takes time to create a system.
Time to create it, and to document it.
It takes time to refine it and to update the documentation.
Following the system, as you work, adds a little time also.
That’s probably why more lawyers don’t use systems.
Especially those who bill by the hour.
When you’re getting paid by the hour instead of the project the temptation is to not take the extra time to create systems.
(even though the lack of systems is what leads to chaos, stress, and stupid mistakes)
The practice of law is obviously more complex than bricklaying.
So why not develop some systems to make your complex practice easier to manage?
Yes, I can hear some of you asking the next question…
How do you create systems for a law practice?
Well, here’s a 5-step process you easily can follow.
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