Increasing Your Productivity in Law School
Law school is intense, rigorous and demanding. It requires maximum effort at all hours of the day. So you’ve got to be blade-sharp to succeed.
Why do you feel like taking a nap?
While it’s true that productivity is the key to success in law school, it’s also true that running like Carl Lewis toward graduation will eventually sap you of your emotional, mental and physical energy and will ultimately cause you to be less productive.
It doesn’t have to be like that–especially if you remember that law school is a marathon, not a sprint. Sure, you need to focus, but you should focus on the things that increase your productivity in law school. Here’s how:
Put yourself first. You’re going to get pulled into a myriad of different qdirections during law school days. Professors want your undivided attention. Clinic clients want your best effort every day. Your study group probably wants you to carry the load. Your non-law-school-attending friends want to hang out.
That’s all fine and some of it is even a necessity. But what you need to remember is that you can’t be all things to all people. Say no to opportunities that don’t fit into your schedule or your goals. Focus on your success rather than the success of under-achieving study group members. And by all means, go out with your friends from time to time.
Plan and prioritize. Of course, it’s much easier to say no to opportunities that don’t fit into your plan if you actually have a plan. Set goals for your future–the immediate future as well as your long term future. It will help you determine what activities will help you achieve your goals–and then prioritize them.
Stay healthy. Everything becomes more difficult when you’re sick, tired and generally worn out. Make sure you stay healthy. Eat properly, make time to sleep, work out and if you do get sick, take the time necessary to restore your health. Healthy law school students are much more productive than sick law school students.
Leverage your contacts. One of the biggest challenges in law school is learning to deal with the fact that there are no right answers. To succeed, you need to be able to quickly analyze an issue, find the facts and come up with the best answer.
Experience plays a big role in doing this successfully–and your contacts, from your professors to your tutor, have that experience.
This article was written by FindMyLawTutor.com.
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