How to Use Systems to Prevent Burnout and Resentment in Your Business
Many business owners struggle with this question: “Why am I the only person moving these cases forward?” In law firms specifically, many attorneys are frustrated with this feeling.
We must take a step back when we notice these feelings within ourselves. They can come from a variety of sources, one of the biggest of them being decision fatigue. If we let this go on long enough we will become exhausted and cranky and will begin to lash out at those closest to us. Let it go on even longer and it could lead to burnout.
At that point, you’re not going to do any good for your clients or your team.
Therefore, it’s important to take responsibility for these thoughts. We must reflect on why we’re in this situation in the first place.
So here are some ideas that will explain why you feel like you’re the only one moving cases forward and how to change that.
You Need Systems
You feel like you’re the only one moving cases forward because you don’t have systems. Everyone is just waiting for you to give them direction. You’re likely spending your whole day giving directions.
Instead of doing that, you should consolidate and build a system that’s going to help your team succeed on your behalf. The reality is, without a system everything that you want people to do is stuck in your head. You’ll find yourself repeating directions day in and day out.
You probably already have some default systems that you and your team are executing on but you haven’t thought much about. To begin to solidify these systems, include your team. They have ideas and they know what works and what doesn’t work.
Additionally, use practice management software. This software provides a place where you can document and keep track of your systems.
Finally, simply block off some time on your calendar because creating systems takes time. Set that time aside to focus on putting them in place.
Involve Your Team
As we already mentioned, you need to ask your team how things are done now and how can they be done better. Your team is already trying to figure out how to make stuff happen so they know what needs to be done in a lot of cases. The things that they don’t know are the places where you can get involved in the process.
Most of the time, when your team misses something, it’s because you didn’t include it in your instructions. So in your discussion with your team focus on who does what and by when and include as many details as possible.
If you want to learn more about how to implement strong systems in your business, check out https://nextlevel.legal/episode/lfn007/