Looming deadlines and juggling dozens of open cases are a constant source of stress for associates.
If you’re looking for a simple way to decrease your stress level and increase your practice management efficiency, start by creating a master case or matter list that includes every single active matter or task you’re managing.
Here's the idea: create a single place (maybe an excel spreadsheet, or a tool on your firm's practice management software) that lists the key information, case name/number, deadlines, major filing dates, etc., for each matter you handle. Once the list is created, review it regularly. Print it out and carry it with you to every case or staff meeting. Put it in a prominent spot on your desk. Make reviewing it one of the first 5 things you do every morning (BEFORE you crack open your email), and one of the last 5 things you do before you leave for the day.
Here's why a Master List is a must have tool for every associate: