Today let’s discuss our top tips for attorneys working from home.
As we near the end of 2020, the number of Covid cases continues to climb so we once again may be faced with working from home while in quarantine.
Top Tips for Attorneys Working from Home
- Ensure the safety of your security measures: The security of your client’s cases should be at the forefront of your mind. Speak w/ your IT department, your local bar association, &/or your computer guy to make sure you have proper security measures in place. Also, be sure to get a headpiece or microphone of some sort to wear when on the phone w/ clients so your conversations can be overheard.
- Get the right tech tools to make life simple: If you don’t already have these tools at your fingertips go ahead and get them. No matter where you are in your law career, you’ll use them on a daily basis.
- Have a dedicated workspace, routine, and schedule: Obviously this is easier said than done. Especially in the year 2020, but it still deserves mentioning. Get up, have your coffee, get dressed, get to work in your designated workspace, work, take a lunch break, go back to work, and get off work as close to the same time as possible EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. Make sure to have a wind-down routine or transition session of some sort (go for a jog, play Words With Friends, etc) that takes you from your workday to your evening and spending time with family. Believe it or not, this will give your day some sense of normalcy.
- Set boundaries w/ your family or others in your home. This is one of the most crucial tips for attorneys working from home. Your family must understand that when you are at work, or in your designated workspace, they must not interrupt your time. Make a set of rules that work best for your household to ensure everyone plays by the rules and your client’s confidentiality is kept intact.
- Be flexible and patient. This tip for attorneys working from home is sort of a given, isn’t it? At this point in 2020, the world has learned to become flexible although patience may be wearing thin. Unfortunately, as the virus numbers continue to climb, the need for flexibility and patience will just continue to grow as well. Stay firm. Stay strong, and your practice will continue to climb as well.